by John Galt
January 29, 2017 08:50 ET
This morning in Yemen an early morning raid by US Special Forces on buildings suspected have members of AQAP (Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula) one American soldier was killed and 4 wounded during the operation. AQAP reportedly suffered 14 killed and a trove of intelligence information, per the report from the NY Times:
Commandos flying in Osprey aircraft carried out the surprise dawn attack in Bayda Province in a ground raid that lasted just under an hour. The target was a building or series of buildings that contained information that counterterrorism officials had deemed valuable enough to warrant a ground operation rather than an airstrike, the American official said.
Gen. Joseph Votel, the head of the Pentagon’s Central Command, said in a statement: “We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our elite service members. The sacrifices are very profound in our fight against terrorists who threaten innocent peoples across the globe.”
A military aircraft assisting in the operation crash-landed nearby, leaving a fourth commando injured, the statement said. That aircraft, identified by a senior American official as an Osprey, was unable to fly after the landing and was destroyed by American airstrikes.
An estimated 14 Qaeda fighters were killed in the raid, which led to “the capture of information that will likely provide insight into the planning of future terror plots,” the statement said.
Regional reports add that civilians were also killed during the operation, per a report from The Arab News:
A US raid in Yemen at dawn on Sunday killed 30 suspected Al-Qaeda militants, including three prominent figures, and 10 civilians, a provincial official said.
The military operation was the first attributed to the United States against jihadists in Yemen since President Donald Trump took office on January 20.
Seven women and three children were among those killed in the raid on Yakla district in the central province of Baida, said the official, who did not want to be named, and tribal sources.
Earlier, tribal and sources in the region said the raid targeted the houses of three tribal chiefs linked to Al-Qaeda, adding that a number of civilians were also killed. But the provincial official said Apache helicopters targeted also a school, mosque and a medical facility used by Al-Qaeda militants.
The reports of civilian casualties has been denied by the Pentagon. It would appear based on this large of a deep penetration raid, Secretary of Defense Mattis new strategy will be to take the fight to Al Qaeda and ISIS, anytime, anywhere.