The U.S. Central Command announced Friday that it killed five members of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in airstrikes in Yemen last month, including two senior AQAP leaders.
Mujahid al-Adani, identified as an AQAP leader in Shabwah, was killed in the Nov. 20 strikes, along with facilitator Abu Layth al-Sanaani and three other associates, according to a Central Command release.
“Al-Adani, also known as Mohammad Shukri, previously served as an al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula military leader in Aden and remained responsible for planning and conducting terrorist attacks against Yemeni and coalition forces,” the release said.
The U.S. says its latest offensive in Yemen's Shabwah Governorate has forced AQAP to consolidate within the northern and eastern portions of the Abyan and eastern al-Bayda governorates.
“The removal of key al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula leaders and associates in this region will further degrade the terrorist network's freedom of movement and operation, limiting their ability to challenge Yemeni security forces and coalition advances,” the U.S. military statement said.