On Thursday morning, twelve al-Qaida militants have been killed in a missile strike near the south Yemeni town of Jaar, local residents told Reuters.
Several senior militants were believed to be among the dead and their bodies were left in pieces, AFP news reported.
The raid came after an air strike in eastern Yemen on Sunday killed Fahd al-Quso, who was wanted by U.S in connection with the October 2000 bombing of US Navy destroyer, the USS Cole, in Yemen's port of Aden.
Fahd al-Quso was the leader of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP.
The CIA says the Yemen-based al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula is the most active branch of the global terror network.
It is worth mentioning that AQAP was formed in January 2009 by a merger between two regional offshoots of the international Islamist militant network in Yemen and Saudi Arabia.
Recently, the U.S have resumed an anti-terrorist training program for Yemeni intelligence officials as a Pentagon spokesman announced that a team of U.S. instructors had been sent to Yemen.
Meanwhile, Al-arabiya news reported that tribal leaders in parts of Yemen where drone attacks aimed at AQAP have killed civilians say the strikes are turning more and more people against the central government in Sanna and the United States. U.S has recently approved a policy that allows drone strikes in Yemen -- even when the identity of targets is not known.