Snap Fact #136

Post date: Mar 20, 2012 10:1:17 PM

Snap Fact #136

President Obama Orders Successful US Tactical Air Raids On Qaeda Arms Caches In Yemen!

We have been hearing many reports of America's drone missile program that was launched under President Bush and greatly expanded under the watch of President Obama. Most of the reports focus on the drone attacks killing militants, particularly sought after Al-Qaeda leaders who have been taken off the field by this successful strategy. However, one rarely receives news stories of the other tactical military uses of the drones. The AFP News story below opens our eyes to a lesser known success stories in the war against terrorism.

AFP News reported the following story:

On March 11, 2012 eye-witnesses told AFP News that U. S. drones had bombed suspected Al-Qaeda arms caches in a hilly region in Yemen's restive southern province of Abyan.

Six missiles targeted the suspected weapons hideouts in Jabal Khanfar, a hill overlooking the Abyan town of Jaar, which is controlled by Al-Qaeda militants, the witnesses said.

"Two American drones fired four missiles at Jabal Khanfar while two others were fired from the sea" in the Gulf of Aden, a local official told AFP. He did not provide further details.

Witnesses reported seeing columns of smoke billowing into the sky from the targeted locations and said that government buildings, now controlled by Al-Qaeda fighters, had been damaged. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

The air strikes were carried out in the early evening, the witnesses said.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) controls large swathes of southern Yemen, and has strengthened its position there since an anti-government uprising last year that ousted veteran strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Air strikes by Yemeni and U.S. planes on Friday and Saturday killed at least 33 suspected Al-Qaeda militants in Abyan and Al-Bayda province, south of the capital, in the first such action since a massive attack on the army, residents and local officials said.