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ADEN, Yemen, Several hideouts of the Yemen-based al-Qaeda branch were hit, by a series of air strikes, launched by U.S. drones, in the central province of al-Bayda, a military official said.

"The American unmanned aircraft struck training camps and arms caches of the al-Qaeda terrorist group, in different mountainous villages of al-Bayda province, with more than 12 air strikes," local military official said.

According to the Yemeni official, the American air strikes hit al-Qaeda locations and killed many terrorists.

Residents in the province said that, large explosions were heard, as a result of the American aerial bombardment, and cars rushed to rescue the victims.

Tribal sources said that, areas controlled by militants, affiliated with the Daesh terrorist group, were also targeted by a number of U.S. drone strikes.

Well-armed fighters, belonging to the terrorist group, were deployed and surrounded the villages, where the air strikes took place, the tribal sources said.

The U.S. air raids coincided with ongoing anti-terror military operations, carried out by newly-trained Yemeni troops, against Yemen's al-Qaeda branch, known as al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), in Abyan.

The U.S. military has carried out several air strikes against AQAP fighters, in different provinces of the war-torn Arab country, since U.S. President, Donald Trump, approved expanded military operations against the group.

That included intensified overnight air strikes and ground military raids, against the al-Qaeda hideouts in the mountainous areas of al-Bayda and south-eastern province of Shabwa.

The Yemen-based al-Qaeda branch, seen by the U.S. as the global terror network's most dangerous branch, has exploited years of deadly conflict between Yemen's government and Houthi rebels, to expand its presence, especially in the south-eastern provinces.


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