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Statement by Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook on Yemen Airstrike

March 22, 2016

Early this morning the U.S. military conducted an airstrike against an al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula training camp in Yemen. The camp was located in the mountains, and was being used by more than 70 AQAP terrorists. We continue to assess the results of the operation, but our initial assessment is that dozens of AQAP fighters have been removed from the battlefield. This strike deals a blow to AQAP's ability to use Yemen as a base for attacks that threaten U.S. persons, and it demonstrates our commitment to defeating al-Qa'ida and denying it safe haven.