US drone strike kills two al Qaeda jihadis on a motorbike in Yemen
A US drone strike killed two suspected members of Al-Qaeda in southern Yemen on Saturday, a security official said, as Washington steps up a campaign against jihadists.Al Qaeda has to be feeling less secure in its Yemen "sanctuary." The increased tempo of military operations has caused the terrorist to have to move out in the open where they remain vulnerable. It seems clear that President Trump is allowing the military to find and destroy enemy targets without the micromanaging that characterized the Obama administration.
The raid came after two days of intensive air strikes by US warplanes on jihadists in the war-torn country.
The raid in Ahwar, in the southern province of Abyan, killed two suspected jihadists on a motorbike, the security official said.
The Pentagon said on Friday it carried out "somewhere over 30" strikes against Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in two days, conducted in partnership with the Yemeni government.
"This is part of a plan to go after this very real threat and ensure that they are defeated and denied the opportunity to plot and carry out terrorist attacks from ungoverned spaces," Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis said on Friday, noting America would continue to attack AQAP.
Yemeni officials and tribal sources said at least 20 jihadists were killed in the air strikes on Thursday and Friday in the southern provinces of Abyan and Shabwa and the nearby central province of Baida.