While maintaining the smallest footprint possible, the United States should continue targeted killings of AQAP leaders, either directly through drone attacks or indirectly through intelligence and logistics support to Yemeni forces. This implies sharing intelligence, building local assets among tribes, keeping civilian casualties to an absolute minimum, and continuing to provide equipment and training. The Yemeni military is able to execute such operations, albeit imperfectly. Among other equipment, it possesses functional Russian-built MiG-29 fighter bombers and Mil-24 Hind attack helicopters.56


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