Confirmed: US Conducts 20 'Precision' Strikes Against al-Qaeda in Yemen

The U.S. has conducted a series of air strikes in Yemen against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the Pentagon announced.

"More than 20 strikes targeted AQAP militants, equipment and infrastructure in the Yemeni governorates of Abyan, Baida and Shabwa", Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis said in a statement.

The Pentagon said the strikes were done in partnership with Yemen's government.

Not-for-profit worldwide policy organisation The Counter Extremist Project said Abu al-Khayr al-Masri, the deputy to al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, was reportedly killed in a drone strike in Syria's rebel-held Idlib province.

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Remember that "worthless" Yemen raid that produced "no actionable intelligence" and was a complete "failure". An NBC News report Monday said that US intelligence officials said the raid produced no real actionable intelligence. Those forces, however, did not conduct any raids, USA officials said.

US Navy commando William Owens, known as Ryan, was killed in the operation and six other troops were injured. If granted for an extended period, it could permit more-intensive strikes, such as those that occurred Thursday, over a sustained period.

US intelligence and military officials still view AQAP as a real threat to the United States, as do allies like the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

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.

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It comes a month after a controversial United States raid that was reported to have left as many as 25 Yemeni civilians dead.

A day after USA forces carried out more than 20 air strikes in Yemen, residents reported another US assault in the Wadi Yashbum village in the southern Shabwah province including about 10 to 15 air strikes.

One media official in Bayda said a total of 23 airstrikes were carried out by USA jets.

They said there were a number of casualties, including children. "This has been good information", the official said, adding the United States seized "an terrible lot of telephone numbers".

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Owen's father, Bill, has called for an investigation into the raid's planning and criticized the Trump administration for its timing.