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In Yemen, U.S. military conducts ground raid against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

Several al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula militants were killed early Tuesday morning as U.S. military forces conducted a ground raid in central Yemen's Marib Governorate.

Col. John Thomas, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command, said the raid at a known AQAP compound began as a mission to gather information on the group, but when U.S. forces were met with resistance, they responded with gunfire and precision airstrikes, ABC News reports. Seven AQAP militants were killed, but there are no reports of any civilian or U.S. military casualties.

Thomas said the mission, the first ground operation conducted by the U.S. military in Marib province, was done "in full coordination with Arab partners in the area."