The U.S. provided firepower and other support to Yemen in its raid this week against suspected al-Qaeda targets within its borders, the New York Times reported. President Barack Obama approved the military and intelligence support, which came at the request of the Yemeni government, it added. It was meant to help stem growing attacks against American and other foreign targets in Yemen, the Times reported.
Officials said at least 34 al Qaeda gunmen died in the Yemeni strike on Thursday. Witnesses, however, put the number killed at over 60.
Speaking to The Associated Press, Mohammed Albasha, a spokesman for the Yemeni embassy in Washington, denied the U.S. launched missiles in the attack. He said the intended target was Qasim al-Raymi, but he escaped the strike. Al-Raymi is a suspected al-Qaeda leader.