Over the past two nights the U.S. air forces has carried out more than 30 airstrikes against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAM) targets in Yemen.
|Captain Jeff Davis, a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Defense announced the strikes at a briefing on Friday March 3rd, saying: "We said more than 20 [strikes] two nights ago. Last night's would put us somewhere over 30.. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has been gaining strength, gaining a deeper foothold in Yemen." AQAM has been able to extend its influence due to the ongoing civil war between the rebel Houthis who control much of the north-west of the country and the Saudi and U.S. supported government of Mansour Hadi. His government was in exile in Saudi Arabia but is now headquartered in southern Yemen in the port of Aden.|