Drone strikes target ISIS training camps in Yemen

The Pentagon says IS used the camps to train militants to carry out terror attacks with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades, and also subjected the fighters to endurance training.

The US Department of Defense announced that it had managed to destroy two Daesh training camps in Yemen in an airstrike, killing dozens of extremists.

The camps in Al Bayda Governorate are considered “ungoverned spaces” and are used to train militants to be combat-ready soldiers, the Pentagon said in the statement.

The statement was not specific about how the US attacks were conducted, but a defense official said they were carried out by drones.

In coordination with the government of Yemen, U.S. forces are supporting ongoing counterterrorism operations in Yemen against ISIS and AQAP to degrade the groups’ ability to coordinate external terror attacks and limit their ability to hold territory seized from the legitimate government of Yemen.

Yemen has been wracked by warfare and has become a proxy battleground for Saudi Arabia and Iran.

AQAP and IS have flourished in the chaos of the country’s civil war, which pits the Saudi-backed government of President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi against Houthi rebels.

It entered the war in March 2015 with a series of attacks on Shiite mosques in the capital, leaving more than 140 people dead.

The conflict has spurred one of the greatest humanitarian crises to befall the region, with 7 in 10 Yemenis needing assistance because of the conflict and a subsequent cholera outbreak in the region, according to Save the Children.

About 50 ISIS fighters were killed in USA military airstrikes in Yemen targeting two training camps in the country’s central region.

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