By Murad al-Arifi
A senior al-Qaeda leader was reportedly killed in a suspected U.S. airstrike in central Yemen on Monday, according to a source close to his family.
Yasir Ali al-Salmi, aka Abi al-Muhajir
The claim was not yet confirmed by the U.S. or Yemeni governments.
The U.S., which regards al-Qaeda branch in Yemen as a persistent threat to the region and its own interests, has used drones to hunt down al-Qaeda leaders in Yemen, which fell into civil war since 2014.
Last week, the Pentagon said that U.S. warplanes launched more than 30 airstrikes in Yemen in two days.
Al-Salmi was among six Yemenis released by the U.S. from the Guantanamo Bay in 2010.
His older brother Salah al-Salmi had committed suicide in Guantanamo in 2006, according to the U.S. authorities.Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.