American Officials Say Obama Administration Authorized Recent Drone Strikes in Yemen

Part of effort to foil Al Qaeda plot


The Obama administration authorized a series of drone strikes in Yemen over the past 10 days as part of an effort to disrupt an al-Qaeda terrorism plot that has forced the closure of American embassies around the world, U.S. officials said.

The officials said the revived drone campaign — with five strikes in rapid succession — is directly related to intelligence indicating that al-Qaeda's leader has urged the group's Yemen affiliate to attack Western targets.