USA bombs al-Qaeda militants in Yemen, hitting equipment and infrastructure
- Author: Archie Newman Mar 04, 2017,
Mar 04, 2017, 0:47
Some of the valuable intelligence gleaned in the Navy SEAL raid in Yemen on January 28 included hundreds of contacts for al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in the region and the West, a USA official told ABC News today.
Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said the strikes were conducted in partnership with the Yemeni government.
Al-Qaeda confirmed on March 2 that a US -led coalition drone strike killed its number two leader Abu al-Khayr al-Masri in Syria.
U.S. fighter jets have carried out dozens of air raids on suspected al-Qaeda positions in southern Yemen for a second consecutive day, according to multiple sources.
The 20 strikes, conducted over a several-hour period beginning 3 a.m. local time, targeted AQAP's "military, equipment and infrastructure", according to a Defense Department statement. He co-ordinated al-Qaida's work with other militant groups and played a direct role in developing external plots, according to a USA counterterrorism official, who was not authorized to discuss the issue and spoke on condition of anonymity.
It was not immediately clear if the strikes were conducted against targets that were identified using information collected from the January raid that left one member of the Navy's SEAL Team 6 dead and three others wounded, and that killed about two dozen civilians.
They said there were a number of casualties, including children.
US officials see AQAP, which has already tried to attack the United States directly, as one of the most risky militant threats they face.
One resident said it had been a "terrifying night". Innocent civilians were killed in the raid, the Pentagon indicated, emphasizing the women in the compound who took up arms against the SEALs.
On January 29, President Donald Trump's administration ordered its first military raid against the al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) terror group in Yemen, which is banned in Russian Federation.
He also called the recent mission a "total fiasco" and a "disaster", noting that the death toll of innocent civilians in Yemen just goes without mention in USA media.
He was also implicated in the bombings of the United States embassies in Tanzania and Kenya in 1998 that killed 200 people, the CEP reveal. Reuters had reported that residents in Yemen said USA soldiers fought two separate gun battles with al Qaeda militants.