Since July 27, drone attacks have killed 31 suspected militants, according to an AP count provided by Yemeni security officials.
The Washington Post reports that Yemen-based al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, has been trying to expand into Hadramaut, which borders Saudi Arabia on the north and is the ancestral homeland of Osama bin Laden.
"After the ousting of al-Qaeda from Abyan and the fleeing of the armed militants to different areas, it seems that al-Qaeda has shifted its attention toward Hadramaut," Ali Alsarari, a political adviser to Yemen's prime minister, Mohammed Basindwa, is quoted by the Post as saying.
"They control some areas and are trying to do what they did in Abyan," he said, referring to AQAP's seizure of the province in 2011.
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