The first drone strikes launched under the Trump administration over the weekend killed three alleged al Qaeda militants in Yemen, according to local security and tribal officials, like reported by freebeacon.com .
The two Saturday strikes killed al Qaeda area field commander Abu Anis al-Abi along with two others, the Associated Press reported.
U.S. drone strikes targeting al Qaeda militants in the Middle East became routine following the devastating Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The program accelerated substantially under former President Barack Obama.
U.S. intelligence officials estimated as many as 117 civilians were killed by drone strikes in the region under the Obama administration. Trump has pledged to continue the program.