Unknown Drone Attack On Marib Kills An Al-Qaeda Prominent Commander
ISWNews Analysis Group – An unknown drone (probably American) attacked a house in Al Jalal area, located in the east of Marib city on February 26. This attack led to the explosion and burning of a part of the house, and at least two people were living there, most likely both of them were killed.
It is believed that Al-Qaeda members lived in this house and were identified and targeted by the US. Later on February 28, local sources stated that during this attack, Hamad bin Hamoud al-Tamimi alias Abdulaziz al-Adnani, a Sharia official and one of the prominent commanders of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, along with one of his bodyguards were killed.
Al-Adnani was the one who announced the succession of Khalid Batarfi after the killing of Qasim al-Raymi, the former leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and was one of his main supporters to take over this position.
According to available information, Hamad bin Hamoud Al-Tamimi is a citizen of Saudi Arabia and started learning Islamic sciences in 2002. In 2007, he was arrested by the Saudi security forces and imprisoned for five years, and shortly after his release, he was arrested again, but he was seen in Yemen some time later!
If this attack was carried out by the US, it can be considered the third US drone attack in Marib. In two previous attacks on Marib, America had attacked the residence and car of al-Qaeda members, which had resulted in the death of three prominent members of this group.