Pentagon has confirmed it U.S. has conducted more than 70 air strikes on Al-Qaeda’s hideouts in Yemen since February 28.
In the latest drones strikes conducted, several Al-Qaeda militants reported killed in southern Yemen, a security official said on Thursday, as the U.S. steps up its air campaigns against the jihadists.
The missile hit Al-Qaeda bastion town of of Khabar al-Muraqasha in Abyan province on Wednesday evening killing several militants according to Pentagon sources. This town has been a major targets of U.S. recent drone strikes.
Corresponding reports from Yemeni security officials indicate that dozens of suspected jihadist fighters were killed in the strikes on Abyan and the neighbouring provinces of Shabwa and Baida.
More than two years of civil war in Yemen between government forces and Shiite rebels who control the capital have created a power vacuum which Al-Qaeda has exploited to consolidate its presence.
A Commando Unit raid against Al-Qaeda in Baida province was the first operation US President Donald Trump ordered after taking office in January.