Early Thursday evening, reports emerged of a series of drone strikes on targets in Yemen that apparently killed as many as 12 people. With these three attacks, we now of at least eight drone strikes in the country over the past two weeks.
The details of the strikes are still not clear. On Thursday morning, NBC News reported on the first strike, which they said struck a car about 100 miles east of the country's capital and killed six people. A bit later in the day, CNN had news of another strike, that killed two in the same region. CNN reported that the first strike killed eight, a figure echoed by Reuters. Then, in the early evening, a third strike, which USA Today reported, hit another vehicle in the country. Total number killed, in USA Today's estimation: 12. Yesterday, a strike killed four.
There's little question that the abnormal frequency of the strikes relates to the ongoing alert that shuttered American embassies in the region — an alert that apparently stemmed from a conversation between the global head of al-Qaeda and his counterpart in Yemen. While the country's government's claims ti have foiled terror plots proved to be exaggerated, the American response seems to be clear.