According to a press release provided by U.S Central Command, American forces conducted a raid on an Al Qaeda compound on the Arabian Peninsula on Tuesday.  Initial reports indicate that the raid was a success, resulting in the death of seven terrorist combatants with no reports of U.S. casualties released thus far.

The raid reportedly took place in the Marib Governorate of Yemen and saw participation from Navy SEALs as well as other members of America’s special operations forces.  The seven members of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) that were killed were said to be engaged by small arms fire and coordinated precision air strikes.

The military action was said to have been conducted with the full support of the Yemeni government, and CENTCOM reports that the primary objective of the raid was not the AQAP fighters, but rather intelligence gathering.

In their statement released to the media, CENTCOM explained the value of the intelligence gathered through these raids: “Raids such as this provide insight into AQAP’s disposition, capabilities and intentions, which will allow us to continue to pursue, disrupt, and degrade AQAP.”