Yemen Reports US Warships Attack al-Qaeda-Held Southern Mountains

Yemen Reports US Warships Attack al-Qaeda-Held Southern Mountains | Pentagon denies involvement

In a curious case, since the US rarely confirms or denies its attacks in Yemen, Yemeni officials have reported a substantial US naval attack against mountains in the nation’s south, claims which were quickly denied by a Pentagon spokesman, who insisted no US involvement.

The Yemeni officials say that warships off the coast, believed to be American ships, fired a salvo of missiles at the al-Maraqisha Mountains, noting that the mountains are a key stronghold of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

The Pentagon has been playing up their naval presence in the region lately, saying the US Navy is prepared to assist Saudi warships off the coast of Yemen in the ongoing civil war. This likely added to the assumption that the ships doing the firing were American ships, along with the fact that no one else in the area has much in the way of advanced ships capable of such strikes.

This raises questions, then, about who else might even conceivably have launched the attack, or if it was US warships, as everyone seems to believe, why the Pentagon chose to publicly deny the reports when they’ve made very public their interest in targeting AQAP in Yemen.

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  • Gauss

    Since Yemen is in a civil war, it might be helpful to identify people beyond saying ‘Yemen officials’. I presume you mean the pro-Saudi government that the Saudis and US are attempting to install in place of the Houthi government that had previously taken power in Yemen.

  • O. Sur

    Unbelievable . Hothouses in Yemen do fight Saudis with coalition and Al-Qaeda . How USA can fight Al-Qaeda , if they support Saudis, who is the sponsor of Al-Qaeda?