The drone strikes occurred Jan. 20, 21 and 22 in the Bayda province of southwestern Yemen and killed five suspected terrorists with al-Qaida’s affiliation in the Arabian Peninsula region, according to a U.S. Central Command statement. Al-Qaida has taken advantage of civil war across Yemen since 2015 to gain territory where they’ve plotted terrorist attacks on Western targets, according to Pentagon officials.
“Strikes against al-Qaida operatives in Yemen put consistent pressure on the terrorist network and prevent them from plotting and executing attacks against the [United States] and our allies,” said Army Maj. Josh T. Jacques, a U.S. Central Command spokesman. “Al-Qaida remains a significant threat to the region, the United States, and beyond.”
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