Published: Tue, January 31, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump's First Counter-Terrorism Operation Leads to US Combat Death in Yemen

Trump's First Counter-Terrorism Operation Leads to US Combat Death in Yemen

The Pentagon has identified the Virginia Beach-based SEAL who died from injuries suffered in a weekend raid on an al-Qaida compound in Yemen as Chief Special Warfare Operator William "Ryan" Owens.

It was the first combat casualty of the Trump administration and its first operation in the war-damaged Arabian Peninsula nation against a powerful al-Qaeda branch that has been a frequent target of United States drone strikes.

Trump called the military operation a success because the intelligence forces were able to gather would aid the country in their fight against Islamic extremists in the area. According to the U.S. Central Command, 14 militants were killed during the operation.

A US military service member was killed Sunday during a raid against al Qaeda militants in central Yemen that also left almost 30 others dead, including women and children.

The name of the first US service member killed in combat under the Trump administration was announced Monday by the Pentagon.

A statement released by the US Central Command on Sunday said another service member was injured in a "hard landing" nearby. Yemeni officials told the Times that women and children were killed as well.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our elite service members", said General Joseph Votel, commander of US Central Command.

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U.S. Marine MV-22 Ospreys with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 (Reinforced), prepare to takeoff from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship Makin Island in support of a helo-borne raid during Exercise Alligator Dagger in the Gulf of Aden on December 21, 2016.

Three al-Qaida leaders were also killed and named as Abdul-Raouf al-Dhahab, Sultan al-Dhahab, and Seif al-Nims, said security and tribal officials. According to data from the London-based Bureau for Investigative Journalism, one of the world's foremost authorities on civilian casualties caused by US drone strikes, the death toll from the first air strike of Trump's tenure killed as many children as the more than 150 previous strikes, dating back to 2002, combined.

"As far as my data shows, there are no instances of women having an operational role in AQAP, said Davis, a defense and foreign affairs researcher for the Canadian government".

It says the aircraft was unable to fly afterward and "was then intentionally destroyed in place".

Earlier in December of 2014, U.S. commandos tried to rescue two hostages, an American and a South African, in another part of the country, but the captives were killed in the firefight.

This #Nawar_Al-Awlaki who United States marines came to Yemen to kill and to implement a quality intelligence operation in order to destroy her and her mother.

Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula has conducted terrorist attacks against western targets in the past, most notably the January 2015 attack on the Charlie Hebdo publication in Paris that left 12 people dead and 11 more injured. US officials initially indicated that no civilian deaths could be confirmed, but a Yenemi official claims that at least eight women and seven children were killed during the raid, including the 8-year-old daughter of the late Anwar al-Awlaki.

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