The United States is maintaining a strong posture to combat terrorism as it seeks to increase its efforts in Yemen.
The group that the United States seeks to combat has long affiliations with its parent organization, Al-Qaida.
The U.S. military has carried out about 30 airstrikes over the past two days in south-central Yemen, according to the Pentagon. The Americans have targeted members of the extremist group, formally known as al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP.
Although much about the scope of the United States’ military efforts is unclear, the group has been specifically targeted because it is “the most serious threat”:
What is clear is that the Pentagon has decided to ramp up its efforts against AQAP, a group that operates in one of the world’s most remote, isolated and dysfunctional countries.
However, many national security officials believe AQAP poses the most serious threat to the U.S. homeland of any terrorist group.
NPR also reports the purpose of these airstrikes:
The Pentagon said Thursday that airstrikes “will degrade the AQAP’s ability to coordinate external terror attacks and limit their ability to use territory seized from the legitimate government of Yemen as a safe space for terror plotting.”