U.S. Drone Strikes Kills 28 Al-Qaeda Operatives in Yemen

Nine U.S. drone strikes hit Al-Qaeda hideouts in Yemen killing 28 of their operatives, U.S. military announced in a statement Thursday

According to U.S. Central Command the drone strikes were conducted between Sept. 23 and Dec. 13 but did not provide the names of suspected terrorists.

The strikes hit across Yemen, including in the Shabwah, Hadramawt and Baydah governorates.

“Strikes against AQAP [al-Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula] in Yemen pressure the terrorist network and hinder their ability to attack the U.S. and our allies,” Maj. Josh T. Jacques, a Central Command spokesman, said in a statement.

The U.S. considers AQAP a foreign terrorist organization with a history of attacks against western countries, including the 2009 Christmas Day attempted bombing of a commercial airliner in the U.S. and the 2015 deadly attacks at the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris.

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- Shmuel Yosef Agnon is a Senior Writer and Editor at the Strategic Intelligence Service. Specialize in writing intelligence reports, geopolitics, military intelligence and crime reports analysis. Agnon holds a Bachelor of Arts in mass media and journalism and a master's degree in international media relations from Winchester, University, England.

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