31 Mar '16, 5pm

US strike on camp targeted local AQAP fighters, not external network, commander claims

A US airstrike on a training camp in Yemen that killed more than 50 jihadists two weeks ago targeted al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s local operations, not its external operations network, an AQAP commander claimed. While the AQAP commander’s statement may be technically true, it ignores the fact that jihadist groups’ local and foreign operations support each other, and both pose a threat to the West. AQAP “commander” Sa’ad bin ‘Atef al Awlaki said that the March 22 airstrike in Mukallah in the eastern province of Hadramout hit a “general camp in which volunteers train to fight the Houthis and the ousted Ali Saleh,” and posed no threat to US national security, as claimed by the Pentagon. Awlaki made the claim in a statement that was released yesterday by the Al Malahem Media Foundation, AQAP’s official propaganda outlet. The statement was obtained and translated by the ...

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