At least one alleged AQAP militant was reportedly killed by a US drone strike in Al Husn Al Jalal, in the Wadi Obeida area of Marib governorate, on the evening of March 18th 2018. There were no known associated reports of civilian harm.
Several local-language sources, including Hadramout21 and Al-Mashhad Al-Araby, indicated that the strike targeted a car driving in the area. Some, such as @Ryad_Alhrde and @almawqeapost, suggested that one AQAP militant had died, though others instead reported a death toll of three.
Several sources appeared to indicate that the strike took place early on March 19th. However @aabod202050 reported the strike at 10.30pm on March 18th. As such, Airwars has assessed that this strike likely took place at some time during that evening.
A list of US military strikes provided by CENTCOM to the Long War Journal made no mention of a March 18th action. This may not however preclude an attack by the CIA.
The incident occured in the evening.
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Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]
Reports of the incident mention the village of Al Husn Al Jalal (حصون آل جلال), for which the generic coordinates are: 15.471902, 45.368278. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.