80 US Strikes Against Al-Qaida in Yemen
Further US Strikes Against Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula
U.S. forces conducted a strike April 18 in the Ma’rib governorate against three al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) terrorists, and another strike yesterday in the Shabwa governorate against eight al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula terrorists, according to Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, speaking in Washington, April 24. He added:
Since February 28, we’ve conducted more than 80 precision strikes against AQAP militants, infrastructure, fighting positions and equipment, and we’ll continue to conduct operations including strikes against known terrorists.
Davis said U.S. forces are conducting a series of sustained operations in Yemen against al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula to degrade the group’s ability to coordinate external terror attack operations and limit their ability to hold territory seized from the legitimate government of Yemen and use it as a safe haven for terror plotting.
Centcom is still assessing the results of the most recent strikes, he said.
The U.S. Department of Defense did not release details of the types of attack, but The Guardian suggested that drones may have been used.
Source: US Department of Defense
Photo: Yemen, destroyed house in the south of Sanaa by Ibrahem Qasim (2015).