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Yemen claims it killed al-Qaida military planner

CAIRO — One of al-Qaida's top military strategists in Yemen was reportedly killed Friday along with five other militants in strikes by the Yemeni air force that targeted two vehicles in the country's northeast mountains, according to officials and news agencies.

The operation was another in a string of raids and attacks on al-Qaida strongholds and the organization's key operatives in recent weeks. The Yemen government, which has been guided by U.S. intelligence in the past, has yet to capture or kill the group's two leaders, but Friday's strike was indication that al-Qaida faces increasing pressure.

Yemen's Saba news agency reported that Qasim al-Raymi, believed to be a top military commander, was killed in a strike between Saada and Jawf provinces.

Rocket hits embassy district in Kabul

KABUL — A rocket slammed into a Kabul district housing several embassies, the latest in a series of attacks in the Afghan capital despite heavy security measures.

In southern Afghanistan, two NATO service members were killed Friday by a roadside bomb, the alliance said without giving their nationalities.

No casualties were reported in Friday's nighttime blast in Kabul, which occurred in the Wazir Akbar Khan district that includes the German, Japanese and British embassies. Police said the rocket landed on side street and broke a few windows.

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