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    The US military killed five suspected members of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in an October 21 airstrike in central Yemen, the US Central Command said in a press release on Friday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Earlier, US Central Command stated the previous airstrikes killed eight suspected members of al-Qaeda.

    The first strike, on October 6, killed two people while a second strike conducted on October 19 killed six people. Both strikes were conducted in remote parts of the Shabwah Governorate.

    "The United States military conducted a successful strike against members of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula on October 21, in a remote area of Marib Governorate, Yemen," the release stated. “Five AQAP enemy fighters were killed in the strike."

    On Sunday, the Saudi Arabia-led coalition resumed airstrikes against Houthi rebel positions in Yemen following a 72-hour ceasefire. The United Nations has urged that the truce be extended for an additional three days.

    Since March 2015, the Saudi-led coalition of mostly Gulf nations has been conducting airstrikes against Houthi positions at the request of Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.


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