SANA’A, YEMEN (8:05 P.M.) – US Armed Forces conducted a blitz raid in north Yemen today targeting gatherings and hideouts of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) jihadists.
According to Pentagon’s official statement issued on Tuesday, US military commandos carried out an attack against AQAP militants in Mareb province neutralizing at least 7 members of the designated terrorist group.
Local civilians said that four houses were raided in the Suram Al-Siyad area which is situated north of an airbase in Sirwah district of Mareb province.
As Al-Masdar News correspondent in Sana’a clarified, units that undertook the raid belong to elite Team 6 of US Navy Seals.
This the second time this special operations unit gets directly involved in Yemen since the beginning of this year.
The first operation was carried out on January 29 in Al-Bayda province in central Yemen and caused outrage among both American media and society due to casualties sustained as a result of the raid: one officer had been killed, three others injured.
This time, according to US Central Command (CENTCOM), the military completed their task without suffering losses.
It is noteworthy to mention, that not so long after the operation, US Ambassador to Yemen met with Yemeni Prime Minister in Riyadh. CENTCOM, in turn, added that the operation was conducted in coordination with Yemen’s government.
By Yemen’s government US officials mean cabinet-in-exile run by ousted President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. This government remains the only ruling authority of Yemen officially recognized by the UN, despite its being based in Saudi capital.