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Dozens of Islamic State fighters killed in Yemen strikes, Pentagon says 

 Dozens of Islamic State fighters killed in Yemen strikes, Pentagon says Dozens of Islamic State militants were killed Monday by U.S. airstrikes targeting training camps in Yemen, the Pentagon said.

The camps were in Al Bayda Governorate and were used to train militants to use small arms, according to the Pentagon.
Al Bayda is a sprawling region southeast of the capital, Sanaa, that has been the focus of U.S. military action. The first drone strikes of the Trump administration occurred there in January. Days later, Chief Special Warfare Operator William “Ryan” Owens, a Navy SEAL, was killed in a firefight in Al Bayda during a mission to obtain intelligence on al-Qaeda activity. Owens’s death was the first combat casualty of the administration.
The Islamic State has sought to exert influence in the Middle East and North Africa after stinging defeats in Mosul, Iraq, and an impending expulsion from Raqqa, the group’s Syrian stronghold. CNN, citing an anonymous defense official, reported the strikes were the first to target the group in Yemen.
U.S. Central Command, which oversees operations in the region, said Monday night it does not have information to confirm the strike was the first against ISIS there, a command spokesman said.
The country has become a beacon for militant activity since the collapse of the country’s government in 2014, when Shiite Houthi rebels, backed by Iran, forced then-Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi to flee.
Since 2015, Saudi Arabia has led an Arab coalition that has attacked Houthi positions, leading to accusations of indiscriminate bombings and civilian deaths. The United States has provided limited intelligence and has flown aerial resupply missions for Saudi planes.
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