United States Central Command officials have reported that 60 Islamic State terrorists have been killed by U.S. airstrikes in the past 10 days.
The attacks on ISIS began on October 16, when airstrikes successfully targeted 7 armed ISIS fighters traveling in a truck in a rural area of al Bayda. The second strike killed 2 armed ISIS fighters in a parked truck located about five miles to the west of the first site.
A series of strikes on two ISIS terror training camps in al Bayda, killed more than 50 terrorists, disrupting the organization’s attempts to train new fighters.
“ISIS used the camps to train militants to conduct terror attacks using AK-47s, machine guns, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and endurance training,” the Pentagon noted in an Oct. 17 statement. “ISIS has used the ungoverned spaces of Yemen to plot, direct, instigate, resource and recruit for attacks against America and its allies around the world. For years, Yemen has been a hub for terrorist recruiting, training and transit.”
The terrorist group’s affiliation to leaders in Yemen have brought sanctions as well as airstrikes. The United States Treasury Department sanctioned several leaders Wednesday, including financiers, weapon providers, and the leader of the group in Yemen, Abu Sulayman al-Adani.
Yemen is also the location of Al-Quida’s most active affiliate known as AQAP. Since taking office, President Trump has ramped up the effort against AQAP. Yemen has been declared an “area of active hostilities” which allows the military to pursue targets immediately, instead of having to wait for White House approval.
The US government has begun to identify key members of the Islamic State’s network in Yemen. On Oct. 25, the US Department of Treasury noted that Abu Sulayman al-Adani serves as the emir of the Islamic State in Yemen. Nashwan al-Wali al-Yafi’i serves as the group’s top financial official, while Khalid al-Marfadi, Radwan Muhammad Husayn Ali Qanan and Khalid Sa’id Ghabish al-Ubaydi serve as key military leaders, according to FDD’s Long War Journal.