The Pentagon says Navy SEALs scooped up laptops, hard drives and cell phones in last month's Yemen raid, but multiple us officials told NBC News that none of the intelligence gleaned from the operation so far has proven actionable or vital - contrary to what President Trump said in his speech to Congress Tuesday...
Computers and cellphones seized during that raid offered clues about attacks al-Qaida could carry out in the future, including insights into new types of hidden explosives the group is making and new training tactics for militants, US officials said.
The officials told The Associated Press that US jets and drones have targeted the district of al-Sawmaa in the province of Bayda during the early hours in the morning.
"The strikes were conducted in partnership with the Government of Yemen, and were coordinated with President [Abdrabbuh Mansur] Hadi", Defense Department spokesperson Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said in a statement, including that Yemen is a "valuable counter-terrorism partner".
On Tuesday, an anonymous official said the intelligence obtained included details of explosives being manufactured by Yemen's al-Qaida affiliate. The vast region is known for its rocky mountains, which have been used by al-Qaida as a hideout.
Intelligence recovered on a raid in Yemen is fueling US action to find people connected to a terror group.
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It was not immediately clear if the strikes were conducted against targets identified from information collected from the January raid, which left one member of the Navy's SEAL Team 6 dead and three others wounded, and which killed about two dozen civilians.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, stressed that such insight was particularly important given the threat that AQAP has long posed.
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"U.S. forces will continue to work with the government of Yemen to defeat AQAP and deny it the ability to operate in Yemen".
The group has recently exploited the chaos of Yemen's civil war, which pits Shiite Houthi rebels and allied army units against a Saudi-led coalition battling to restore the internationally recognized government. Innocent civilians were killed in the raid, the Pentagon indicated, emphasizing the women in the compound who took up arms against the SEALs.
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