The drone strike happened last week, and the Ali bin Likra al-Kazimy death was first confirmed via Twitter. A Twitter account tied to the Arabian Peninsula al-Qaeda group said that the commander had died on Saturday as a result of injuries sustained in the U.S. attack. Government officials subsequently confirmed his death.
The drone strike and death come as part of an effort by the army in Yemen, supported by drone strikes from the U.S., to drive the group out of the area. The U.S. has previously indicated that it sees the al-Qaeda branch in Yemen as the world's most dangerous.
Al Jazeera notes that Ali bin Likra al-Kazimy's death is one of dozens that have come about recently in the midst of the efforts to drive the group out of the area. While some human rights groups have been vocal in their opposition of the drone attacks, given the casualties to civilians, the governments involved continue the efforts to secure the area.