Pentagon: US launches two airstrikes on Al-Qaeda in Yemen

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WASHINGTON — The US military conducted two additional counterterrorism strikes in July against Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.

“A strike on July 8 killed one Al-Qaeda operative and a strike on July 16 killed six Al-Qaeda operatives and injured one,” said a statement by the US Central Command (CENTCOM).

Commenting on the statement, spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis told Pentagon reporters that the group “is using the unrest in Yemen to provide a haven from which to plan future attacks against the US and its interests.” He also underlined that the airstrikes are “US-only” and are not directly in support of the other coalition operations occurring there.