A US airstrike took place in Bayda governorate on March 28th 2019, a US Central Command spokesperson later told New America – one of six declared strikes that month.
One local source, Huna Al-Bayda, reported that “three senior al Qaeda leaders were killed in an [US] airstrike by a drone on the border between al-Bayda and Shabwa. The sources confirmed that among the three killed was a local leader named Mohammed al-Mantheri, the brother of al-Qaeda’s emir in al-Suma’a in al-Bayda province.”
Since there were no other known reported US strikes on March 28th, this event is treated as declared. There were no known associated reports of civilian harm.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
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Reports of the incident mention an unspecified area being struck along the border of Al Bayda (البيضاء) and Shabwa (شبوه) governorates. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further. The generic coordinates for this area are: 14.449679, 45.807386.
US Forces Assessment:
Original strike reports
Our Yemen strikes data has been updated for individualized dates after CENTCOM responded to an inquiry on the eight strikes in 2019. Strikes were as follows: 1/1, 1/21, 3/25, 3/25, 3/26, 3/28, 3/29, and 3/29. All but 1/1 in al Bayda'