US Air Strike ‘Kill Dozens Of Al-Qaeda Fighters In Yemen’


A US air strike has killed dozens of fighters from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in a mountainous region of Yemen, the Pentagon says. Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said the target was an al-Qaeda training camp that was being used by more than 70 fighters. Tuesday’s air strike was the most recent US attack on AQAP in Yemen.

Last year, the US military killed several of the militant group’s leaders with drone strikes. Since late January 2015, AQAP has lost a number of high-profile figures in US drone strikes – including leader Nasser al-Wuhayshi, religious official Harith al-Nadhari, ideologue and spokesman Ibrahim al-Rubaish along with lower ranking figures.

Mr Cook said the attack demonstrates the US military’s “commitment to defeating al-Qaeda and denying it safe haven”. The Pentagon did not disclose the location of the camp. However, Yemeni security officials told the Associated Press that the air strike hit a former military base that had been taken over by al-Qaida militants in the southwest part of the county near AQAP’s stronghold city of Mukalla.