Mohammed Jamjoom and Matt Smith
April 22, 2014
A “massive and unprecedented” assault against al Qaeda fighters in Yemen appears to be targeting high-level operatives of the terrorist network, U.S. analysts said Monday.
It wasn’t clear who those targets are, but Yemen’s government says it has killed dozens of members of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in a joint operation with the United States. The ongoing push included a Sunday night ambush in which Yemeni special forces killed men believed to be top leaders of the group, a high-level Yemeni government official being briefed on the strikes told CNN on Monday.
The Yemenis collected the bodies and will perform DNA testing to determine the militants’ identities, the official said. In addition, suspected U.S. drone strikes over the weekend pounded a mountain camp where al Qaeda fighters were training for attacks “against Yemeni and foreign interests,” Yemen’s Supreme Security Committee said.