While the US has continued its drone strikes throughout the Saudi war in Yemen, irrespective of their lack of special forces on the ground throughout that period. Most of those strikes have been fairly small, however.
Today, the Pentagon announced a much bigger attack on an al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) training camp in the mountains near al-Mukallah, saying they believe “dozens” were killed in the attack.
Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook claimed that the continued AQAP presence in Yemen poses a threat to “US persons,” insisting today’s attack proved the US commitment to fighting al-Qaeda around the world.
AQAP has been active since 2009, and during the Arab Spring held territory in several tribal areas. The Saudi focus on attacking Shi’ites in the ongoing war has allowed AQAP to seize more territory than ever before, including Mukallah, a major port city.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Protests Across Middle East Against Trump's Jerusalem Declaration - December 8th, 2017
- Two Dead, Hundreds Wounded in Palestinian 'Day of Rage' - December 8th, 2017
- Israeli Airstrikes Pound Gaza After Rocket Hits Sderot - December 8th, 2017
- White House Again Calls on Saudis to End Yemen Blockade - December 8th, 2017
- US Elite Troop Training Produces Zero Results After Mosul - December 8th, 2017