Washington has ramped up its efforts against Al-Qaeda in Yemen, launching dozens of air attacks targeting the terror group. However it risks getting drawn into another military operation abroad.
In March alone, Washington backed at least six air strikes, killing both militants and civilians.
The US has been encouraging the Yemeni government to crack down on the insurgents, who have recently built on their gains in southern Yemen.
The latest government air strikes in Yemen’s south have killed 43 Al-Qaeda militants, officials say.
The government forces on Tuesday took control of the al-Rahha area in the southern province of Lahj. The military had pounded Al-Qaeda hideouts there for the past three days. The offensive followed an attack by militants on an army base in the area over the weekend.