President Trump‘s first military operation disgraced America on an international stage as he continued Obama’s policy of murdering innocent people in nations with whom we are not at war.
The two main deaths in the Yemen raid were an eight-year-old American girl and a member of U.S. Seal Team Six.
About 30 others were also killed.
Although the operation was planned during the Obama administration, it was authorized and executed by Trump.
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Colin Kahl, former Deputy Assistant to President Obama & National Security Adviser to former Vice President Biden wrote on Twitter that Obama left the decision to the new administration, claims Trump made the call without properly vetting the raid, and says the Trump team owns the consequences.
Nawar Anwar al-Awlaki (“Nora”). Photo from Yahoo!
Peoria native and Chief Special Warfare Operator William “Ryan” Owens. photo from New York Daily News
Reuters had more details:
The U.S. military said it killed 14 militants in a raid on a powerful al Qaeda branch that has been a frequent target of U.S. drone strikes. Medics at the scene, however, said around 30 people, including 10 women and children, were killed.
Two more U.S. servicemen were injured when an American military [MV-22 helicopter] was sent to evacuate the wounded commandos but came under fire and had to be “intentionally destroyed in place,” the Pentagon said.
[Trump] called the operation a success and said intelligence gathered during the operation would help the United States fight terrorism.
“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,” Trump said in a statement.
Owens was 36.
al-Qaeda reportedly confirmed to Reuters the unconstitutional massacre took out several (American-designated) militants including “a senior leader in Yemen’s al Qaeda branch, Abdulraoof al-Dhahab.”
If Nora al-Awlaki’s name rings a bell, it’s because the United States Federal Government just went for the hat trick in killing members of that family who are American citizens.
The Defense Department said the raid netted “information that will likely provide insight into the planning of future terror plots.”
The 8-year-old daughter of American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was among roughly 30 civilians who died during a raid carried out by US commandos Sunday in Yemen. About 14 al Qaeda militants were killed during the operation, according to the Pentagon.
Nawar Anwar al-Awlaki, known as Nora, was shot in the neck during the raid carried out by the Navy’s SEAL Team 6 against an al Qaeda camp, according to NBC News.
“She was hit with a bullet in her neck and suffered for two hours,” her grandfather Nasser al-Awlaki told Reuters. “Why kill children? This is the new administration. It’s very sad, a big crime.”
“Almost everything went wrong,” a senior US military official told NBC News of the operation.
Born in New Mexico, the elder Awlaki spoke at the Capitol and the Pentagon after the 9/11 attacks, but eventually left the United States in 2002. The process of his radicalization accelerated after being imprisoned in Yemen — with US encouragement — and he went on to become a top recruiter and mentor to a number of al Qaeda operatives, including Fort Hood Shooter Nidal Malik Hasan and Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who tried to bring down an American airliner with explosives hidden in his underwear.
He was killed in a CIA Predator drone strike in 2011, the first time an American citizen was killed in such a way. Another US citizen, Samir Khan, who published the al Qaeda magazine Inspire, was also killed in the strike.
Trump made a surprise visit to Dover Air Force Base to meet Owens’ family as they received the SEAL’s body. It is unclear if he will meet with Nasser al-Awlaki, who has now lost two grandchildren to the USA.
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