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US Kills 7 Al-Qaida Militants in Yemen Raid

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Marib province, Yemen

The U.S. military says it killed seven militants from al-Qaida's affiliate in Yemen during a counterterrorism raid.

Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said that U.S. service members were wounded in the attack, but that no troops had to be medically evacuated.

U.S. Central Command said during the raid Tuesday in Marib Governate that U.S. forces used airstrikes and small arms to kill the militants at a compound associated with AQAP.

"Raids such as this provide insight into AQAP's disposition, capabilities and intentions, which allow us to continue to pursue, disrupt, and degrade AQAP," said a CENTCOM statement.

The United States said the operation was done with the Yemeni government's support.

U.S. warplanes and drones carried out airstrikes in March targeting AQAP in other parts of Yemen.

And in January, U.S. commandos raided another AQAP complex in an operation that left Navy SEAL William "Ryan" Owens dead. Among those killed during the raid was Nawar Anwar al-Awlaki, the 8-year-old American daughter of Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical cleric and U.S. citizen who was himself targeted and killed by a drone strike in 2011.

AQAP has long been seen by the U.S. as a major terror threat. In 2010, the group attempted to send explosives-laden packages to the U.S. The year before, it sent Nigerian-born Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, an Awlaki recruit, to detonate a bomb hidden in his underwear on a flight bound for Detroit.

VOA's Carla Babb contributed to this report.

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