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Press Release | Dec. 22, 2016

9 U.S. airstrikes in Yemen kill 28 terrorists

CENTCOM Media Desk

December 22, 2016

Release Number 20161222-37



TAMPA, Fla. – Central Command confirms killing 28 terrorists in nine strikes against al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula between Sept. 23 and Dec. 13 in Yemen.


“AQAP is a Foreign Terrorist Organization with a history of attacks against the United States and its allies, including the Christmas Day 2009 attempted bombing of a commercial airliner in the U.S., and the January 2015 Charlie Hebdo office massacre in Paris,” said Maj. Josh T. Jacques, a Central Command spokesman.


“Strikes against AQAP in Yemen pressure the terrorist network and hinder their ability to attack the U.S. and our allies.”


- Sept. 23, one strike killed four AQAP operatives in Marib near al-Bayda.


-  Sept. 29, in a previously reported strike, two AQAP operatives died after they were targeted in al Baydah governorate. Originally CENTCOM reported one death, and one injured in the strike. It is now confirmed that the hospitalized terrorist later died of those injuries.


- Oct. 6, a strike killed two AQAP operatives in Shabwah governorate


- Oct. 18, a strike killed six AQAP operatives in Shabwah


- Oct. 21, a strike killed five AQAP operatives in Marib governorate


- Nov. 20, a strike killed one AQAP operative in al Baydah governorate


- Nov. 24, a strike killed two AQAP operatives in al Baydah


- Nov. 30, a strike killed three AQAP operatives in Hadramawt governorate


- Dec. 13, a strike killed three AQAP operatives in Marib