On September 30th, Mohammed Jamjoon of CNN news, reported that Yemen’s Foreign Minister, Abu Bakr al-Qirbi, told the Saudi-owned Al-Hayat newspaper that the United States has carried out airstrikes in Yemen.
This is the Yemeni government’s first official confirmation of a U.S. military role in its fight against terrorism.
The U.S. Defense Department would not confirm the strikes. “We applaud the efforts of Yemen and other countries in the region for addressing the terror threat within their borders,” said Pentagon spokesman Col. David Lapan. “DoD provides a broad range of support to Yemen to include training and equipment, but the nature of operations there are such that we are not always able to talk about them in detail.”