After a 47-day lull, the U.S. carried out four air strikes in Yemen in late December, and another today.
With the sharp escalation in strikes over the last year and a half, America’s campaign against Al Qaeda in Yemen isn’t always very easy to follow. To help, we’ve actively been mapping the known U.S. drone, missile and other air strikes carried out there since 2002 with red dots, detailing not only the expansion of the program by year, but how strikes are playing out on the ground.
Take for example this Sept. 2, 2012 strike that tribal leaders and Yemeni officials say killed 11 civilians, and that American officials have acknowledged was a U.S. strike. Or this Nov. 7, 2012 strike that killed a man whom many in Yemen say could have been captured alive.
I just updated the map today, which also charts in blue the 19 major terror plots against Western targets believed to be directed by Al Qaeda in Yemen since 2000. You can explore by year, or zoom into the heavily clustered areas to see multiple events. Do explore.