Yemen US airstrikes target al Qaeda in Shabwa province for second night – CBS News
For the second night in a row, U.S. aircraft have hammered suspected al Qaeda targets in Yemen, U.S. officials confirm to CBS News’ David Martin.
Tribal sources in Yemen told the French news agency AFP that three homes in the southern Shabwa governate were targeted in the strikes, including one belonging to the terror group’s leader in the region, Saad Atef.
There was no immediate confirmation from U.S. officials on the success of the strikes. Yemeni sources told AFP there were casualties from the strikes, which hit an area that was targeted the previous night, too, including women and children.
U.S. forces carried out more than 20 airstrikes against al Qaeda in Yemen on Thursday, killing at least seven militants in the largest operation since a controversial ground raid a month ago that left a Navy SEAL and more than two dozen Yemenis dead.
The Thursday strikes targeted al Qaeda positions, weapons systems and equipment in a remote and mountainous area in central Yemen.
Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said the strikes were aimed at degrading the group’s ability to “coordinate external terror attacks” and to limit its use of Yemen as a “safe space for terror plotting.”
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