Press Release | Jan. 12, 2017

U.S. Central Command announces recent strikes in Yemen


January 11, 2017
Release Number 20170111-01

TAMPA, Fla. – The U.S. military conducted strikes on al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula operatives in central Yemen on Dec. 29 and Jan. 8.  

On Dec. 29, one strike killed two AQAP operatives in the al-Baydah Governorate.  

On Jan. 8, one strike killed an AQAP operative in the al-Baydah Governorate.  

“Strikes against al-Qa’ida operatives in Yemen put consistent pressure on the terrorist network and prevent them from plotting and executing attacks against the U.S. and our allies,” said Army Maj. Michael N. Meyer, a U.S. Central Command spokesman. “AQAP remains a significant threat to the region, the United States, and beyond.”  

The CENTCOM mission is to direct and enable military operations and activities with allies and partners to increase regional security and stability in support of enduring U.S. interests.  

“U.S. Central Command remains committed to defeating AQAP and denying it safe havens in Yemen,” Meyer said.