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Pentagon: US Airstrike on Training Camp Kills Dozens of al-Qaida Terrorists

FILE - Yemeni soldiers stand near a rocket launching during a major offensive against al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in the Maifaa region of Shabwa province, May 4, 2014.

A U.S. airstrike on an al-Qaida training camp in Yemen killed dozens of terrorists, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

"This strike deals a blow to AQAP's [al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula] ability to use Yemen as a base for attacks that threaten U.S. persons, and it demonstrates our commitment to defeating al-Qaida and denying it safe haven," Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said.

Cook said more than 70 terrorists were training at the camp and that experts were still assessing the results of the airstrike. But he said initial results showed dozens of al-Qaida members had been killed.

U.S. officials consider AQAP to the the most dangerous of all al-Qaida's affiliates and offshoots.

The terror group has taken advantage of the fighting, chaos and political upheaval in Yemen to grab land and carry out terror attacks.