The U.S. military conducted a counterterrorism strike against al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula in the Shabwah Governorate in central Yemen, according to a U.S. Central Command news release.
The strike, conducted Aug.4, killed three al-Qaida operatives, the release said.
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) quoted the release to say that the strikes against al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen, put consistent pressure on the terrorist network and prevent them from plotting and executing attacks against Americans, the U.S. homeland, and U.S. allies.
According to DoD, Al-Qaida remains a significant threat to the region, the United States and beyond. Al-Qaida’s presence has a destabilizing effect on Yemen; it is using the unrest in Yemen to provide a haven from which to plan future attacks against American allies as well as the U.S. and its interests, the release said.
The U.S. will not relent in its mission to degrade, disrupt and destroy al-Qaida and its remnants, the release said.
According to the DoD statement, the U.S. remains committed to defeating al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula and denying it safe haven regardless of its location.