The U.S. has hit Yemen with more than 30 airstrikes in less than 48 hours, according to two U.S. defense officials, and the al Qaeda targets killed include an expert bombmaker.
As NBC News reports, the death of Mossad al-Adani, al Qaeda's emir of Abyan governorate and an explosives expert, is a "blow to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula," according to the officials.
The U.S. conducted eight strikes overnight, targeting the same areas that were hit on Thursday morning: Abyan, al Bayda and Shabwah, all in Southern Yemen.
Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said the targets for all of this week's strikes have been developed over the past several months, and that AQAP has "more American blood on its hands" than ISIS and other terror groups.