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US Airstrike Killed 8 Al-Qaida Operatives in Yemen

 People inspect a house destroyed by a Saudi-led airstrike in the outskirts of Sanaa, Yemen, on Feb. 16. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)


The Pentagon says a U.S. airstrike in Yemen on Sunday killed eight operatives of the group known as al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), including a key leader.

A spokesman, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, said the April 23 airstrike  killed Abu Ahmed Awlaqi (ah-lah'-key), who had led AQAP operations in Shabwa province. Davis said he was a plotter of external attacks and had facilitated the extremist group's transfer of weapons and explosives.

Davis said seven other AQAP operatives were also killed in the airstrike.

The U.S. military in recent months has been conducting what Davis described as a sustained campaign to kill AQAP leaders and other operatives in Yemen.

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  •  Manuel Basulto: 

    The U.S. is fighting both al-Qaeda and the Houthis in Yemen, just as they fighting both the Islamic State and Bashar al-Assad in Syria. It would be better if we could play them against one another, to weaken our enemies...

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  •  Red Dit: 

    Or tel DoD since they are the ones that announced the body count - BUT it does seem that DoD is talking out of both sides of their mouth here.

    2 points
  •  Anonymous: 

    Yemen? Hey! Mr. POTUS! Your 100 days are up. My report card on you is due out and I will be forwarding it to you by mail. Having troops in the ME is getting you a "D-" on the subject of ending our involvement in other peoples civil wars. Shape up!

    2 points
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Manuel Basulto
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29.04.2017 (84 days ago)
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