United States launches multiple strikes on Al Qaeda in Yemen

United States launches multiple strikes on Al Qaeda in Yemen”

The United States has carried out another wave of precision strikes in Yemen targeting al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, two US officials told Reuters on Friday, a day after the Pentagon acknowledged carrying out more than 20 strikes.

"The strikes were conducted in partnership with the government of Yemen, and were coordinated with President (Abedrabbo Mansour) Hadi".

On Thursday, al-Qaida's branches in Yemen and North Africa put out a joint statement said al-Masri had been killed in a "Crusader strike" in Syria, calling it "another in the crimes of America and its Crusader alliance".

Al-Qaida in Yemen, seen as the militant group's most unsafe offshoot, has seized large swaths of land and entire cities starting from 2011, the year the mass uprising started and ended with longtime ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh leaving power. A US defense official who spoke on the condition of anonymity said the Pentagon is not required to announce every strike conducted in Yemen.

U.S. drones also launched six strikes on Al Qaeda strongholds in Al Sowmaa district of Bayda, the province where USA navy Seals carried out a raid in January.

The U.S. official familiar with the intelligence gathered from the raid told ABC News that information obtained in the January 28 raid included contacts on hundreds of AQAP sympathizers in the Middle East and in the West.

When the raid was over, Chief Petty Officer William "Ryan" Owens had been killed, six other troops had been injured, a V-22 Osprey was destroyed and as many as 30 civilians, including nine children, had been killed. Davis said the number of bombs dropped in the airstrikes numbering in the "mid-20s" had been launched on Thursday, followed by several more Friday, putting the combined total at more than 30. They US military also experienced an aircraft crash-landing. Local reports in Yemen have said as many as 25 civilians may have been killed during the raid.

The AQAP and Islamic State-linked terrorists took advantage of the security vacuum and ongoing civil war to expand their influence and seize more territories in southern Yemen.

Al-Jaouf added that the top tribal figure, Abdel-Elah al-Dhahab, whose brothers were accused of links to al-Qaida and were killed in the January raid, survived the latest strikes. The ferocity of the firefight was another indicator of the information they were protecting, the official said.

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