Yemen: US Strikes Kill Three Al Qaeda Operatives

The US military conducted strikes on al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula operatives in central Yemen on Dec. 29 and Jan. 8, according to a US Central Command news release issued Thursday.

On Dec. 29, a strike killed two AQAP operatives in the al-Baydah Governorate, and
on Jan. 8, a strike killed another AQAP operative in the same area.

“Strikes against al-Qaeda operatives in Yemen put consistent pressure on the terrorist network and prevent them from plotting and executing attacks against the US and our allies,” Army Maj. Michael N. Meyer, a Centcom spokesman, said in the release. “AQAP remains a significant threat to the region, the United States and beyond.”

Centcom’s mission is to direct and enable military operations and activities with allies and partners to increase regional security and stability in support of enduring US interests.

“US Central Command remains committed to defeating AQAP and denying it safe havens in Yemen,” Meyer said.

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