First operation against AQAP during Trump’s presidency leaves 57 dead
A US commando attack on Yakla area, Weld Rabi’ district in Al-Baidha province resulted in the death of 41 AQAP members and 16 civilians including 8 women and 8 children According to AFP and local sources.
The attack was preceded by multiple drone strikes, then came the air landing which was performed with the help of three Apaches according to local sources.
According to Al Jazeera net, the attack, which was accompanied by drone strikes, resulted in the destruction of six homes that were close to the battle site.
The commando operation resulted in the death of the brothers Abdul Rauf and Sultan Al-Dhahab as well as Saif Alawai Al-Jawfi.
“An Al-Qaeda official in the region, identified as foreigner Abu Barazan, is also thought to have been killed in the attack.” reported The Sun news website.
The US army also said that American troops had captured “information that will likely provide insight into the planning of future terror plots.” Added The Sun.
On the other side, the US military had four causalities including one death during the firefight that broke out after the attack. Another causality was sustained by the American side when a soldier was wounded during a forced landing in a nearby location according to DW news website.
Al-Baidha was a scene of fierce battles between AQAP and the Houthi forces during which the Houthis prevailed until Operation Decisive Storm was launched in March 26, 2015 and had a massive toll on the Houthis and their forces allowing AQAP and its affiliates to regroup and grow in strength again.