Ramping up a bombing campaign the U.N. believesmight constitute war crimes, the Saudi-led, U.S.-allied coalition carried out a number of airstrikes in Yemen that left over 200 people dead.
Late Tuesday, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook announced the U.S. had bombed an al-Qaeda affiliate group’s “training camp,” killing “dozens” of people, the Guardian reported. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) reportedly operated the mountain camp, used by “more than 70 AQAP terrorists,” Cook described.
“We continue to assess the results of the operation, but our initial assessment is that dozens of AQAP fighters have been removed from the battlefield,” he euphemized. “This strike deals a blow to AQAP’s ability to use Yemen as a base for attacks that threaten U.S. persons, and it demonstrates our commitment to defeating al-Qaeda and denying it safe haven.”
Cook added, “The planes struck as al-Qaeda people stood in line to receive their dinner.”