The U.S. has conducted a series of air strikes in Yemen against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the Pentagon announced.
More than 20 strikes launched Thursday targeted AQAP militants, equipment and infrastructure in the Yemeni governorates of Abyan, Al Bayda and Shabwah, according to a statement by Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis.
A Pentagon official said the strikes were conducted by both drones and manned aircraft, and were not the direct result of information from January’s SEAL raid, which also took place in Al Bayda. The official said information from the raid may have corroborated the targeting information, but the targets themselves were already known.
Thursday’s strikes are the latest in a series of missions targeting AQAP in Yemen, planning for which was developed over many weeks, and which included the January 29 raid, according to a defense official.