US Conducted ‘Multiple Ground Operations’, 120 Airstrikes In Yemen In 2017

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US Conducted 'Multiple Ground Operations', 120 Airstrikes In Yemen In 2017

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US forces carried out “multiple ground operations” in Yemen in 2017, the Pentagon has disclosed revealing the real lelve of the US military involvement in the ongoing war.

“U.S. forces have conducted multiple ground operations and more than 120 strikes in 2017 to remove key leaders and disrupt the ability of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and ISIS-Yemen to use ungoverned spaces in Yemen as a hub for terrorist recruiting, training, and base of operations to export terror worldwide,” US Central Command said in a statement.

The 120 airstrikes mark a 3-fold increase compared to the number of airstrikes from 2016.

In November, the U.S. conducted 10 strikes across Yemen governorates al-Bayda, and Marib including a strike on Mujahid al-Adani, AQAP [Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula] Shabwah leader, who was killed Nov. 20 in al-Bayda Governorate, Yemen. Al-Adani, also known as Mohammad Shukri, was a senior leader responsible for planning and conducting terrorist attacks against Yemeni, Coalition and tribal security forces. He exerted significant influence within AQAP’s terrorist attack networks, similarly, maintained close ties and access to the group’s other senior leaders, and previously served as an AQAP military leader in Aden.

Al-Bayda AQAP facilitator Abu Layth al-Sanaani and three AQAP associates were also killed in the Nov. 20 strike.

Ruwahah al-Sanaani, also an AQAP facilitator, was killed Nov. 2 in Marib Governorate.

In October, a strike Oct. 19 killed Ubaydah al-Lawdari, the Emir of Lawdar, and four associates in al-Bayda Governorate. Al-Lawdari had been known to provide equipment and money in support of AQAP attacks against Coalition forces, posing an increased threat to U.S. interests.

Meanwhile, a series of strikes against two ISIS terror training camps in al-Bayda Oct. 16 killed more than 50 ISIS-Y combatants, disrupting the organization’s attempts to recruit and train new fighters.

Ongoing operations pressuring the network have also degraded AQAP’s propaganda production, reducing one of the methods for the terror group to recruit and inspire lone wolf attacks across the globe. The al-Masra Newsletter, previously published three times a month, has not been published since July.

Al-Malahim Establishment for Media Production, which produces AQAP’s terrorist-inspiring video series, as well as Inspire Magazine, saw a large drop in October. Unable to produce video series and graphic terror-inspiring magazines, AQAP has resorted to using low-tech audio messages.”

Before the statement, there had been few official reports providing details of the US military involvement in Yemen. The Pentagon avoids releasing regular updates on ground or air operations in the war-torn country.

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  • Vince Dhimos

    The US side of the petrodollar agreement between Nixon and King Faisal in 1974 promised that the US would defend the Saudi royals with the US military. As we said earlier, the US is going MUCH further than that.
    http://www.newsilkstrategies.com/opinion/making-saudi-arabia-great-again-pt-1

  • Joe

    They love to drop bombs . The more they drop the more orders for defence industry.

    If no problem , create one like latest Jerusalem issue out of the blue without consultation .

  • World_Eye

    Hands off Yemen you US scum

  • rosemerry

    So they are probably still blaming Iran. As if the Saudis with US and UK weapons are not enough, US “ground forces” join the fray, as people starve and many die of cholera. Democracy in action.

  • χρηστος

    fighting ISISI again?well…Yemen is small so i bet it will take you only 2 years to destroy them…as you did in Syria in 3……are you going to fight them harder by giving them weapons to fight the Houthis?

  • Langaniso Mhlobo

    USA enjoy Yemen destruction and destabilization while Yemen people are hunger,starving dying and suffering from all kinds of diseased including cholera.USA leaders enjoy because USA is not affected.

    If Iran wants to help its poor Yemen brothers false accusations skyrocket UN=USA human slaughter house.All veto powers are silent there is no 4+1 meetings to pressurise self holy USA.If Iran or North Korea stand up for their right for existence.UN useless Security council meetings are call.5+1 and 3+1 meetings are called.All the countries must become veto countries not that imperialists only 5 white racist one in all agenda selected countries.