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Press Release | Sept. 6, 2016

September 6: U.S. Central Command announces Yemen counterterrorism strikes


September 6, 2016

Release Number 20160906-25


TAMPA, Fla. – The U.S. military conducted three counterterrorism strikes against al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula in the Shabwah Governorate in central Yemen. A strike on Aug. 24 killed four al-Qa'ida operatives, a strike on Aug. 30 killed three al-Qa'ida operatives, and a strike on Sept. 4 killed six al-Qa'ida operatives and injured one.

Strikes against al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen put consistent pressure on the terrorist network and prevent them from plotting and executing attacks against U.S. persons, our homeland and allies.

AQAP remains a significant threat to the region, the United States and beyond. Al-Qa'ida'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 our allies as well as the U.S. and its interests. The U.S. will not relent in its mission to degrade, disrupt and destroy al-Qa'ida and its remnants. We remain committed to defeating AQAP and denying it safe haven regardless of its location. Strikes conducted by the U.S. in Yemen continue to diminish AQAP's presence in the region.