U.S. airstrike targets al Qaeda camp in Yemen, Pentagon says

U.S. airstrike targets al Qaeda camp in Yemen, Pentagon says

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The strike targeted an al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula training camp in the mountains of Yemen, the Pentagon said.

WASHINGTON (Talk Media News) – The U.S. launched an airstrike against an al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula training camp in the mountains of Yemen on Tuesday, killing dozens, the Pentagon said.

“We continue to assess the results of the operation, but our initial assessment is that dozens of AQAP fighters have been removed from the battlefield,” Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said in a statement. “This strike deals a blow to AQAP’s ability to use Yemen as a base for attacks that threaten U.S. persons, and it demonstrates our commitment to defeating al Qaeda and denying it safe haven.”

The U.S attack follows an airstrike conducted earlier this month on a training camp in Somalia that killed at least 150 militants from the Islamist group the al Shabaab that “posed an imminent threat,” the Pentagon said at the time.

The camp in the Yemen strike was being used to train more than 70 AQAP terrorists, Cook said.

“We continue to assess the results of the operation, but our initial assessment is that dozens of AQAP fighters have been removed from the battlefield,” he said.

The strike in Yemen occurred as Saudi Arabia wages a military campaign backing the internationally recognized Yemeni government under President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi against Houthi rebels, who are partially backed by Iran. The U.S. is aiding Saudi Arabia in this effort.

AQAP has exploited this chaos, taking control of parts of Southern Yemen.

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