Dozens of Suspected Terrorists Killed
By Harold Hutchison
Dozens of members of the group al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula have been killed over the past few days. The strikes have come since reports of a large meeting held in the open.
According to reports by multiple media sources, the UAV strikes over the last three days have killed over 60 members of the terrorist group, including one strike on Monday that killed 55. The terrorist group was tied to a number of attacks and attempted attacks, including the 2009 shooting at Fort Hood, and the attempted downing of Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Christmas Day via a bomb hidden in a terrorist’s underwear.
Yemeni forces have also taken part in the operation, in one case moving in after a strike to recover bodies for identification. According to report by CBSNews.com, the Yemeni troops were delivered on American helicopters. Some of those killed may have been senior members of the group.
On 30 September, 2011, a UAV strike killed Anwar al-Awlaki, a cleric who had interacted with the shooter who carried out the Fort Hood attack, and the would-be underwear bomber. Al-Awlaki was a high-ranking member of the terrorist group, which is lead by Nasir al-Wuhayshi.