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(CNN) – An operation targeting al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is under way in the Yemeni provinces of Abyan and Shabwa, a high-level Yemeni government official being briefed on the strikes told CNN on Monday.
At least 65 suspected al Qaeda militants have been killed in Yemen - many in those two provinces - since Saturday, including 55 on Sunday and Monday, two Yemeni government officials said. The other 10 were killed in a Saturday drone strike in nearby al-Bayda province, an attack that also killed three civilians, a high-level Yemeni government official said.