The US has heavily ramped up its air strikes against Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), US officials said Monday. The Islamist terrorists have taken advantage of Yemen’s civil war turmoil to establish themselves in key urban areas. US Ambassador to Yemen Matthew Tueller said that Washington is currently carrying out a vigorous campaign on Al Qaeda and ISIS in Yemen, aiming at destroying these two terrorist organizations. Since the beginning of the Trump residency, the number of US air strikes mainly with drones has outstripped the number conducted in the whole of 2016.