USA airstrikes conducted in Yemen overnight
- Author: Jack Replman Mar 04, 2017,
Mar 04, 2017, 0:45
USA 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. Idlib is a stronghold of Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, Nusra Front, also known as Fateh al-Sham Front.
Security officials in the area told AFP that eight suspected al-Qaeda fighters were killed in the raids.
Pentagon spokesman Jeff Davis said they had targeted al-Qaeda militants, equipment and infrastructure.
Earlier, US sources said four Al Qaeda terrorists were killed in airstrikes by two American drones in the southern part of the country.
Hassan added on Thursday, that drones and helicopters conducted air strikes in various areas inside Al-Baida Province. It's odd to me that Mattis, in particular, hasn't said anything publicly since Trump has claimed repeatedly, including in Tuesday night's speech, that Mattis believes the mission was successful.
A USA airstrike in Syria earlier this week killed the deputy leader of al-Qaida, known as Abu al-Khayr al-Masri, the group confirmed on Thursday.
"The raid was valuable, but the strikes were not directly related to it", the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The official declined to say how long that temporary authority would last.
After its pullout in 2015, the US military started returning to Yemen in small numbers a year ago to support a successful April push orchestrated by the United Arab Emirates, with support from Saudi Arabia, that ejected AQAP from Mukalla, home of Yemen's third largest port, where AQAP had raised tens of millions of dollars.
Residents said some of the strikes hit civilian homes and a number of civilians were among the wounded. Aside from yielding the numbers of hundreds of Al Qaeda terrorists.
As many as eight women and eight children were killed, a Baida provincial official said, drawing condemnation of the raid from human rights groups.
Though the Pentagon has issued multiple statements confirming no actionable intelligence was netted, and officials have repeatedly detailed myriad things that went wrong during the raid, President Trump has repeatedly insisted it was a runaway success.