There are new details surrounding the RAID on the base of al-Qaeda in Yemen to shed light on what went wrong. The military said the operation was aimed at collecting as much operational information about the terrorist group as possible in order to facilitate future raids and strikes against al-Qaeda.
President Donald trump gave the green light shortly after taking office, but officials said that the mission was planned a month in advance and was informed by the then President of USA Barack Obama. The Obama administration announced that the mission was postponed due to the operating reasons, in the moonless night to help provide the cover of darkness, Navy seals carrying out the RAID on the headquarters of al-Qaeda, located in El-Beida in Yemen.
But as soon as the combined force approached the base, they were discovered and broke the intense gunfight, where he was killed by a chief petty officer and three soldiers were injured. "The RAID led to the seizure of materials and information, which brings valuable information to help the partner countries to deter and prevent future terrorist attacks in Yemen and worldwide," the statement said.
The Pentagon said 14 fighters of al-Qaeda were killed in battle. Central command said that the internal review group "came to the conclusion that, unfortunately, civilians were probably killed in the midst of a firefight" during the RAID, adding that "victims may include children." The statement said that the assessment continues to determine the exact number of victims among the civilian population.
Trump expressed the Owens family their condolences personally, and went to Dover Air Force base on Wednesday to be with the family of a fallen soldier, when his body was returned to the US. Military analysts said that at least from a tactical point of view, the intelligence gathering mission can be considered successful.
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