In a raid deep in Yemen, U.S. special forces killed seven al-Qaeda terrorists, reported CNN.
The raid by Navy SEALS on a compound operated by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) was meant to “disrupt” the terror organization’s operations in what was known to be its headquarters and safe haven.
Pentagon spokesperson U.S. Navy Captain Jeff Davis said the terrorists were “likely not expecting us” since the raid took place deep in Yemeni territory – the “deepest we’ve ever gone into Yemen to fight AQAP,” he remarked.
Two members of the U.S. team were lightly wounded but safely evacuated from the scene.
The operation took place in the midst of a firefight in which an AC-130 gunship provided support from the air.
The operation was backed by the government of Yemen, according to U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM).
“Raids such as this provide insight into AQAP’s disposition, capabilities and intentions, which will allow us to continue to pursue, disrupt, and degrade AQAP,” stated a CENTCOM news release.
Raids against AQAP were stepped up recently because of concerns that AQAP plans to target Western interests in the country. Previous ground operations were conducted to collect intelligence on the terror group, including the locations of its leaders and operatives.