Yemen raid: ‘Almost everything went wrong’
Did Trump rush to wield American muscle – and get not only a distinguished soldier but an 8-year-old American girl killed? It’s time to ask some serious questions about a special forces raid in Yemen during which “almost everything went wrong“:
Contrary to earlier reporting, the senior military official said, the raid was Trump’s first clandestine strike — not a holdover mission approved by President Barack Obama. The mission involved “boots on the ground” at an al Qaeda camp near al Bayda in south central Yemen, the official said.
“Almost everything went wrong,” the official said.
In what an official said was the first military raid carried out under President Donald Trump, two Americans were killed in Yemen on Sunday — one a member of SEAL Team 6 (William Ryan Owens) and the other the 8-year-old daughter of Anwar al-Awlaki, the New Mexico-born al Qaeda leader who himself was killed in a U.S. strike five years ago.
The raid in southern Yemen, conducted by the supersecret Joint Special Operations Command, was intended to capture valuable intelligence, specifically computer equipment, according to a senior U.S. military official. Three al Qaeda leaders were killed, according to U.S. officials.
An MV-22 Osprey experienced a hard landing near the site, injuring several SEALs, one severely. The tilt-rotor aircraft had to be destroyed. A SEAL was killed during the firefight on the ground, as were some noncombatants, including females.
Defense Secretary James Mattis had to leave one of Washington’s biggest annual social events, the Alfalfa Club Dinner, to deal with the repercussions, according to the official. He did not return.
The senior military official said the 8-year-old girl, Nawar al-Awlaki, also known as Nora, was among the noncombatants killed in the raid, which also resulted in the death of several Yemeni women. U.S. officials said some of the women who were killed, however, were combatants and had opened fire on the SEALs as they approached the al Qaeda camp.
In explaining the attack, the senior U.S. military official told NBC News: “Al Qaeda is probably stronger in Yemen than in any other country. The U.S. has mounted in intense effort for the past three years from ship, air and drone to go after a reconstituting core al Qaeda organization in Yemen.”
The raid, said the official, was directed from a U.S. base in Djibouti, across the Gulf of Aden from the southern tip of the Arabian peninsula and the western edge of Yemen. Officially, the United States was searching for “information that will likely provide insight into the planning of future terror plots.”
Karen Greenberg, director of Fordham University’s Center on National Security, said the girl’s death will be a boon to al Qaeda propagandists.
“The perception will be that it’s not enough to kill al-Awlaki — that the U.S. had to kill the entire family,” she said. … Intentional or not…, the deaths of three al-Awlaki family members will enhance the al Qaeda narrative. She noted that as part of propaganda efforts, terrorist groups have begun to circulate photographs of children reputedly killed by U.S. forces. Photos of Nawar al-Awlaki alive and dead are already circulating widely in Arab media.
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Kick Frenzy January 31st, 2017 at 18:32
And thus Trump ushered in World War Derp.
Suzanne McFly January 31st, 2017 at 18:43
Well look at the stories in the news, do they seem like something rump would prefer to detract people from? Well then that means he is about to do something really stupid to create “new” news. I wish this ba$tard stuck to tweets.
Obewon January 31st, 2017 at 19:44
Donnies IQ test. Results negative. Totaling a meager 70 IQ: “Almost everything (Trump did) went wrong,” the DT45 official admits. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cf6f4260243c841c0b14b05becd84ae0cc1371cb5076815650daaae97aa078db.jpg
KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker January 31st, 2017 at 19:46
Although the military plans these operations, something tells me that with tRumps ignorance, bombast and lack of thoughtfulness, we can expect more military failures.
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Mensa Member January 31st, 2017 at 20:54
This is Trump’s Benghazi.
oldfart February 1st, 2017 at 11:31
Not yet, wait for it…
amersham1046 February 1st, 2017 at 00:02
14 Yemeni killed during the raid–
9 women and children, collateral damage
amongoose February 4th, 2017 at 09:36
Seems more than a few of those civilians died fighting the troops.
It’s a little hard to identify targets in a nighttime firefight to begin with, and if women are bearing arms, determining which are civilian non-combatants is damn near impossible.
arc99 February 1st, 2017 at 00:07
A military mission that went catastrophically wrong cost Jimmy Carter his Presidency.
I am under no illusion that the deplorables will hold Orange Combover HellBeast responsible for these civilian and military deaths. If anything, they will blame President Obama for not eliminating the target sooner.
oldfart February 1st, 2017 at 00:37
Wake me up when we get to the “tired of winning all the time” part.
It happened on his watch, he owns this.
What about Russia ?!?
granpa.usthai February 1st, 2017 at 01:42
100% sure of retaliatory strikes with ‘little children’ being the theme.
If the raid was intentionally planned by bannon to take out unarmed civilian women and children (which is very likely) it’s a WAR CRIME. If trump went along with it, he’s guilty too -as are any military personnel who might have known.
I suggest sending trump there in person ALONE to see how the terrorist will react.
nothing ventured, nothing gained
the worst that could happen would be if he got lost and nobody could find him.
Bunya February 1st, 2017 at 13:31
War crimes??? Please! The GOP don’t need to follow no stinkin’ laws. Starting a unnecessary war for profit should be a war crime, except when the republicans do it. Torturing detainees should be a war crime, except when perpetrated by republicans. See the pattern?
Willys41 February 2nd, 2017 at 08:56
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-Mjy9ETtRY