Yemen officials confirm clashes between US troops, militants

US forces kill seven Al Qaeda militants in Yemen raid Pentagon

US forces kill seven Al Qaeda militants in Yemen raid Pentagon

The United States military said a raid against an al Qaeda compound in Yemen today morning (local time) killed seven militants, with two U.S. officials saying the primary objective of the raid was to gather intelligence. The US military said 14 militants from al-Qaida were killed in the assault and that USA service members captured "information that will likely provide insight into the planning of future terror plots".

"Raids such as this provide insight into AQAP's disposition, capabilities and intentions, which will allow us to continue to pursue, disrupt, and degrade AQAP".

The raid took place in Marib Governorate in the early hours of Tuesday local time and was conducted with the support of Yemeni authorities. They also did not have any specifics on casualties.

That has included an ill-fated raid against AQAP in January that left at least 16 civilians, including women and children, dead.

However, critics questioned the value of the mission after a US Navy Seal was killed. The first raid was carried out on 29 January in Yakla Village in Yemen's Bayda Province, which killed 14 militants and one soldier.

The group boasts one of the world's most feared bomb makers, Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, and AQAP has been a persistent concern to the United States government since a 2009 attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day.

USA warplanes and drones carried out airstrikes in March targeting AQAP in other parts of Yemen.

But al-Qaida has used the chaos of Yemen's civil war following the 2015 launch of the Saudi-led campaign targeting the Shiite Houthi rebels who seized the capital, Sanaa, and other areas in the country, to expand its footprint and recruitment efforts.

The conflict has killed more than 8,000 people and wounded around 40,000, according to the UN's World Health Organisation.

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