Obama aide in Yemen to discuss Qaeda fight

A senior aide to Barack Obama flew into Yemen to meet the leader of a country and discuss how to tackle the al-Qaeda group that Washington believes has also targeted the US,a Yemeni official said

Written by Reuters | Sanaa | Published: May 14, 2012 12:56 am

A senior aide to Barack Obama flew into Yemen on Sunday to meet the leader of a country and discuss how to tackle the al-Qaeda group that Washington believes has also targeted the US,a Yemeni official said.

The visit of John Brennan,the US president’s counter-terrorism adviser,comes after Washington said it foiled an airliner bomb plot linked to al-Qaeda’s Yemen-based affiliate.

Washington has stepped up its drone attacks in Yemen since President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi took office in February.

Two apparent US drone attacks killed at least 10 suspected al Qaeda-linked militants in Yemen on Saturday.

Brennan’s visit comes as assailants hurled a hand grenade at the house of Information Minister Ali al-Amrani on Saturday. A bystander was wounded.

On Sunday,officials said 42 people were killed in heavy clashes between the army and al-Qaeda-linked militants in the south of the country.

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