US: Airstrike kills ‘dozens’ of al-Qaeda members in Yemen

US: Airstrike kills ‘dozens’ of al-Qaeda members in Yemen
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Published March 23rd, 2016 - 12:30 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Yemeni tribesmen from the Popular Resistance Committees, supporting forces loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, hold a position during clashes with Houthi rebels west of Taiz, on March 21, 2016. (AFP/Ahmad al-Basha)
Yemeni tribesmen from the Popular Resistance Committees, supporting forces loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, hold a position during clashes with Houthi rebels west of Taiz, on March 21, 2016. (AFP/Ahmad al-Basha)

A US military airstrike against an al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) training camp in Yemen early Tuesday killed dozens of fighters, the Pentagon said.

The camp was located in the mountains and was being used by more than 70 AQAP terrorists, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said in a statement.

"This strike deals a blow to AQAP's ability to use Yemen as a base for attacks that threaten US persons, and it demonstrates our commitment to defeating al-Qaeda and denying it safe haven," Cook said.

AQAP is active in Yemen, which has been in turmoil since September 2014, when Iranian-backed Houthis overran Sanaa and began making advances in the country.

Saudi Arabia and its allies launched an air campaign in March 2015 against the rebels, who control large parts of the impoverished country.

Saudi Arabia fears that the rebels will give its regional rival Iran a foothold in the Arabian Peninsula.

More than 102 civilians were killed last week in a Saudi-led airstrikes on a market in Hajjah province north-west of Sana'a.

Last month, up to 25 civilians were killed when an airstrike by the Saudi-led military coalition hit a market in the north.

UN officials have called on the Saudis to halt their air campaign, saying that it is responsible for most civilian casualties in the conflict.

By Gretel Johnston 

© 2015 dpa GmbH

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