Two separate US assassination drone airstrikes have killed at least thirteen people in eastern Afghanistan and in southern Yemen.
Afghan officials said Wednesday that at least six Taliban militants were killed in the drone strike in the Spinghar district in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province a day earlier.
Yemen’s Defense Ministry said also on Wednesday that seven al-Qaeda militants were killed in a US drone attack in the country’s southern province of Shabwa.
Yemen is facing a rising threat of terrorism from al-Qaeda and other militants. Al-Qaeda militants frequently carry out attacks on Yemen’s security forces and have been locked in deadly battles with Shia Ansarullah fighters.
The US carries out targeted killings through drone strikes in several Muslim countries, such as Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Somalia.
The United Nations and several human rights organizations have identified the US as the world’s number-one user of “targeted killings,” largely due to its drone attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan.