The Echo Heard Round the World: Raid in Yemen Kills 30

A raid in Yemen on Jan. 29, killing nearly 30 people, including 11 women and children, and the first U.S. service member death in military action under the Trump administration, has led to the finding of nine-year-old intelligence, and the death of several al-Qaida leaders.

In addition to the Navy SEAL, William “Ryan” Owens, 36, that died in the raid, 14 militants were killed and a young girl, Nawar al-Awlaki, who was visiting her mother when the raid took place. A pregnant mother was also shot, according to Reprieve, causing her to give birth to an injured baby that later died.

The young girl was the daughter of Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical Yemeni-American cleric, who was killed, according to the Associated Press, in a U.S. airstrike in Yemen in 2011. Her grandfather commented that she was shot in the neck and bled for two hours before eventually dying.

“Americans are saddened this morning with news that life of a heroic service member has been taken in our fight against the evil of radical Islamic terrorism,” President Trump said in a statement.

“My deepest thoughts and humblest prayers are with the family of this fallen service member,” he noted.

The goal of the raid was to acquire intelligence that pertains to national security that was obtained and previously available to the public, and, according to U.S. Central Command officials, was nine years old.

In response, Pentagon spokesperson, Capt. Jeff Davis, said that, “It does not matter when the video was made. It is still illustrative of who they are and what their intentions are.”

The United States Military is currently trying to come up with an explanation as to the release of the video that was acquired from the raid. Afterward, according to a CNN article published on Feb. 3, “A military spokesman acknowledged it was released without having been thoroughly analyzed.”

The rest of the finding will remain classified, according to the U.S. CENTCOM.

The raid targeted a major propaganda and logistics hub for the leadership of the al-Qaida of the Arabian Peninsula. Several of the major AQAP leaders of the 14 present were killed.
According to the Associated Press, “The US has been striking al-Qaida in Yemen from the air for more than 15 years, mostly using drones. Sunday’s surprise pre-dawn raid could signal a new escalation against extremist groups in the Arab world’s poorest but strategically located country.”

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