One U.S. service member was killed and three others were injured in Yemen during a raid Saturday by Navy SEALs targeting al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s senior leadership, officials said today.
The operation, which officials said was launched by the elite counterterrorism unit SEAL Team Six, was the first carried out with the direct approval of President Trump and resulted in 14 al-Qaeda operatives killed, officials said.
Trump in a statement Sunday afternoon only referred to American “service members” in hailing the operation against “radical Islamic” terrorists, which he said was vital to preventing future attacks.
“Americans are saddened this morning with news that a life of a heroic service member has been taken in our fight against the evil of radical Islamic terrorism. The sacrifices made by the men and women of our armed forces, and the families they leave behind, are the backbone of the liberty we hold so dear as Americans, united in our pursuit of a safer nation and a freer world. My deepest thoughts and humblest prayers are with the family of this fallen service member. I also pray for a quick and complete recovery for the brave service members who sustained injuries,” Trump said.
AQAP in a statement claimed 30 civilians were killed in the American raid and showed photos of purported victims — including the bloodied remains
Article source: http://abcnews.go.com/US/us-service-member-killed-raid-al-qaeda-yemen/story?id=45122929
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