A Twitter account linked to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released a statement today claiming that the terrorist group’s fighters carried out a rocket attack on a joint US-American airbase in Yemen’s southern Lahj province. According to AQAP, this latest attack against US interests in Yemen is a retaliation for the failed US rescue operation last week that sought to free several hostages, including American photojournalist Luke Somers.

Today’s attack took place at the al Annad base in Lahj province, reportedly where both American and European military advisers assist their Yemeni counterparts in combating the threat posted by AQAP. Activities at the base include operating the covert US drone program that specifically targets the terrorist group.

AQAP claimed that fighters from the Hamdi al Tha’alabi Brigades launched six Grad rockets at the “American division at the al Annad base” at 2:10 a.m. today. AQAP named today’s attack “Taking Revenge for Our Martyrs,” in reference to “the Muslims killed by American special forces in two failed landing operations in Hadramout and Shabwa” on Nov. 24-25 and Dec. 5-6, respectively.[…]