US forces have also conducted at least two ground raids in Yemen since Trump took office, including the controversial January 29 raid that resulted in the death of Navy SEAL Chief Special Warfare Operator William "Ryan" Owens and a number of Yemeni civilians. One of the camps had gained notoriety last week as the scene of an ISIS training video that showed images of ISIS recruits appearing to be kicked in the groin to demonstrate their physical toughness.
The camps in al-Bayda province were being used to train new militants using AK-47s, machine guns and rocket-propelled grenade launchers, the Pentagon said in a statement.
United States forces killed dozens of Daesh militants in a strike on Monday on two training camps in central Yemen, the Pentagon said.
A US official said the American airstrikes were the first targeting ISIS in Yemen, a country better known as the home of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Carried out mostly by drones, the strikes are part of an increased effort to rein in the al Qaeda affiliate's terror and territorial ambitions.
Saudi-led airstrikes against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels have killed thousands of civilians and wiped out entire neighborhoods. "For years, Yemen has been a hub for terrorist recruiting, training and transit".
"In coordination with the government of Yemen, U.S. forces are supporting ongoing counterterrorism operations in Yemen against ISIS and al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula to degrade the groups' ability to coordinate external terror attacks and limit their ability to hold territory seized from the legitimate government of Yemen", it added.