Yemen air strikes kill al-Qaeda fighters, says US

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Yemeni rides motorcycle past graffiti protesting against US drone operations in Yemen. 5 September 2016
The US has previously used unmanned drone aircraft to kill AQAP members in Yemen

The US military says it has killed 13 members of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in air strikes in Yemen.

US Central Command said in a statement that three air strikes were carried out between 24 August and 4 September in Shabwah governorate in central Yemen.

The statement did not say how the strikes were carried out or give the identities of those killed.

AQAP has taken advantage of Yemen’s civil war to seize territory.

The US says the group remains a significant threat to the region, the United States and beyond.

“Strikes against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen put consistent pressure on the terrorist network and prevent them from plotting and executing attacks against US persons, our homeland and allies,” the US statement said.

Yemen is in the grip of a conflict between its Saudi-backed government and rebels that the UN says has left 6,600 people dead.

Some 2.5 million Yemenis have also been displaced.

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