WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US military has carried out more than 30 airstrikes in Yemen over the past two nights, US Department of Defense spokesperson Jeff Davis said in a briefing on Friday.
"We said more than 20 [strikes] two nights ago. Last night's would put us somewhere over 30," Davis told reporters.
"Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has been gaining strength, gaining a deeper foothold in Yemen," Davis told reporters.
The spokesperson noted that the terrorists have been able to boost operations by taking advantage of the country's ongoing civil war.
Earlier Friday, the Defense Department confirmed that the United States carried out more than 30 strikes against AQAP targets in Yemen over the previous two days.