U.S. strikes al-Qaeda training camp in Yemen, killing dozens

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The U.S. military has carried out an airstrike against a suspected al-Qaeda training camp in eastern Yemen, killing dozens of alleged militants, the Pentagon says.

The airstrike is believed to have been carried out in a mountainous area to the west of Mukalla, which is a port city and the capital of Hadramout province. Residents had earlier told the Reuters news agency that at least 30 al-Qaeda members had been killed.

In a statement hours later, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook confirmed that U.S. forces had carried out an airstrike against an al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) training camp, which was allegedly used by more than 70 al-Qaeda fighters.

“We continue to assess the results of the operation, but our initial assessment is that dozens of AQAP fighters have been removed from the battlefield,” Cook said in the statement. “This strike deals a blow to AQAP’s ability to use Yemen as a base for attacks that threaten U.S. persons, and demonstrates our commitment to defeating al-Qaeda and denying it safe haven.”

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