U.S. Central Command Announces Yemen Counterterrorism Strikes
From a U.S. Central Command News Release
TAMPA, Fla., May 9, 2016 – The U.S. military has conducted four counterterrorism airstrikes against the al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula terrorist organization in Yemen in recent weeks, killing 10 al-Qaida operatives and injuring one, U.S. Central Command officials announced May 6.
-- An April 23 strike on April 23 killed two al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula operatives in west-central Yemen's Marib governorate.
-- An April 25 strike in the Abyan governorate near Yemen's southern coast killed two al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula operatives near Yemen's southern coast.
-- A second April 25 strike killed two al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula operatives near Azzan in central Yemen.
An April 28 strike killed four al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula operatives and injured one in central Yemen's Shabwah province.
Significant Threat to Region
"[Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula] remains a significant threat to the region, the United States and beyond," Centcom officials said in a statement announcing the strikes. "Al-Qaida's presence has a destabilizing effect on Yemen, and it is using the unrest in Yemen to provide a haven from which to plan future attacks against our allies as well as the U.S. and its interests."
The United States will not relent in its mission to degrade, disrupt and destroy al-Qaida and its remnants, Centcom officials added. "We remain committed to defeating [al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula] and denying it safe haven regardless of its location."
U.S. strikes in Yemen continue to diminish al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula's presence in the region, officials said in the statement.
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