Yemen al-Qaeda: US commandos raid stronghold

Yemen al-Qaeda: US commandos raid stronghold

Yemen al-Qaeda: US commandos raid stronghold

Drone attacks on al-Qaeda targets in Yemen were stepped up under President Obama

The US has carried out a commando raid on an al-Qaeda stronghold in central Yemen, killing 14 militants, the military says.

(BBC News) -One US soldier died and three were injured.

Several Apache helicopters were reported to have taken part in the operation in al-Baida province.

Three al-Qaeda leaders were among those killed in a battle lasting 45 minutes in a village in Yakla district. Earlier reports suggested a higher death toll.

US drones have carried out periodic attacks on al-Qaeda in Yemen.

Local sources earlier said 41 militants and 16 civilians were killed.

A provincial official said the helicopters targeted a hospital, school and mosque.

Leading al-Qaeda figure Abdul Raouf al-Dhahab was among those killed in the night-time operation in which drones were also used.Yemen al-Qaeda: US commandos raid stronghold

Al-Qaeda has taken advantage of the chaos caused by the conflict in Yemen to entrench its presence in the south and south-east.

For the past two years, the country has been embroiled in fighting between forces loyal to the internationally recognised president, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, and Shia Houthi rebels.

Iran rejects accusations of supporting the rebels.

This would be the first such raid since President Donald Trump took office on 20 January.