US Reports Strikes Against Al-Qaeda in Yemen

US Reports Strikes Against Al-Qaeda in YemenUS Reports Strikes Against Al-Qaeda in Yemen

The US has killed 13 Al-Qaeda operatives in counterterrorism strikes in Yemen. The strikes were made between August 24 and September 4, as the US heightened its strategy of ousting the terror group from the country.

All three of the strikes against the Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula targets were conducted in central Yemen’s Shabwah Governorate, US Central Command said in a statement on Tuesday. It did not specify how the strikes were carried out or give the identities of those killed, Bloomberg reported.

Al-Qaeda terror cells based in Yemen have been responsible for plotting numerous attacks against the West.

Clashes between Yemen’s ousted government loyalist troops and Shia Houthi fighters over control of an oil-rich region in Yemen killed 10 soldiers and 16 rebels last week.

Yemen has been the site of a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran after the Houthis forced fugitive president Abd-Rabbu Mansur Hadi to flee to Saudi Arabia, Yemen’s neighbor to the north.

Since March 2015, the Houthi fighters and loyalists to Hadi have been fighting in Yemen and forces in a Saudi-led Arab coalition are trying to restore Hadi to power.

Meanwhile, Brazilian prosecutors said on Tuesday they had charged Forjas Taurus—Latin America’s largest gunmaker—in May for allegedly dealing with a known Yemeni arms trafficker in violation of international sanctions. Prosecutors in the southern city of Porto Alegre said a judge had opened a confidential case against the company.

Human rights groups have claimed British-made munitions were responsible for the rising civilian death toll in Yemen’s brutal civil war. The UK’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson rejected claims British arms exports have been used against civilians in Saudi airstrikes and insisted the UK will go on selling weapons to Riyadh.