1st US drone strikes on Trump’s watch hit Al-Qaeda in Yemen & ISIS

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US drones have killed five Al-Qaeda operatives in central Yemen, the first such operation after Donald Trump was inaugurated as president. The US-led coalition against Islamic State continued bombing in Syria and Iraq as well.

The “targeted drone strikes” took place in the town of Bayda, in the eponymous governorate in south-central Yemen, according to US Navy Captain Jeff Davis, spokesman for the Pentagon.

“AQAP remains a significant threat to the region and the United States,” Davis said, referring to the Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the terrorist group’s branch operating in Yemen.

The US-led coalition against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Iraq and Syria continued combat operations as well, according to Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR). Drones, fighters and bombers attacked tactical IS targets in and around Mosul in Iraq in six airstrikes.

In Syria, there were 25 airstrikes against tactical IS targets in Al-Bab and Raqqa, and hit two oil wells near Deir ez-Zor, OIR said. The government-held enclave in eastern Syria came under a strong IS attack last week, with terrorists cutting off the city from the airport. Strategic bombers from the Russian Air Force provided air support to Syrian government troops in attempts to re-establish the lifeline.

In his inauguration speech on Friday, Trump vowed to “eradicate [radical Islamic terrorism] from the face of the Earth.”

While the Yemen strikes took place on Trump’s watch, they did not require his prior knowledge or approval. Under the policy established by the Obama administration, the authority for ordering the drone strikes rests with the head of US Central Command, currently US Army General Joseph Votel.

The US has conducted drone operations against Al-Qaeda in Yemen since 2002. Those, and continued US operations in Syria and Iraq, have been justified by the Obama administration under the 2001 congressional authorization to use military force against terrorists behind the 9/11 attacks in New York and Washington.

Via RT. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license.

  • gmatch

    …Americans are all murderers.

  • hvaiallverden

    Of course they hit Al-queda, huh, and how on earth, since we are in Yemen is the Houti been hammered as an terror org while they are fighting the Al-queda/Isis, huh, do enlighten me, Wankeestan officials on how this is factually possible.

    The level of bonkers drivel coming from the Imperial banana republics banana throwers are staggering, and on top of it, so contradictory to what they claim they are fighting, and when it comes to Yemen, its completely revealed their lies and faking of why they are there in the first place, and you wounder why the world hates you more and more, creepy little Jooish pack runs the entire Gov. in the banana republic.
    And Trump is in the line on this as the rest of your rotten Gov and army is doing as we speak.

    Yemen is the line where the UssA acts like and talks in a way where credibility have evaporated years ago.
    But whines about ISIS in Iraq and Syria/Libya, but Yemen its all opositt.

    peace

  • I am sorry to learn this.

    if Trump proceeds to follow Obama’s path of war and extrajudicial killing, he will prove not worth having been elected.

    All that noise and turmoil will have been for nothing.

    Maybe, America is just hopeless.

    A violent, aggressive society with no principles except its own narrowly defined interests.