By: Zack Duvall
Two U.S. Defense Department officials told reporters on Thursday that the United States had successfully launched another set of airstrikes in Yemen, against the Al-Qaeda linked groups active in the country.
The new series of strikes by the U.S. could potentially be the first U.S. action in the region since the January raid that resulted in one U.S. Navy SEAL losing his life and the downing of a U.S. aircraft, but, according to the White House yielded “valuable intelligence.”
The President himself went on to mention the January raid when recognizing the widow of the the fallen U.S. service member killed during his first Congressional speech Tuesday night, saying the information gained in the operation will “lead to many more victories in the future.”
Senior U.S. security officials told reporters after the January raid that the information obtained by the U.S. included insight into the terror group’s explosives manufacturing, targeting, training, and recruitment practices.
Many security officials point out the fact that the group is thought to still employ one of the world’s most notorious bomb makers, Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, and that bombings are such a signature tactic of Al-Qaeda as to why the information obtained is so vital. It provides insight to the very core of the operation of the group.
However, there has been no word from U.S. officials on what the new round of airstrikes were targeting, or if there are more scheduled. Yemen and Arabian Peninsula as a whole have seen a rise in Al-Qaeda linked and related activity over the past two years, with much of world government attention being on ISIS in Iraq and Syria.