In the months since President Donald Trump authorized the ill-fated raid on an Al-Qaeda compound in Yemen that left one Navy SEAL dead, the Department of Defense has steadily ramped up its military involvement in the country’s ongoing civil war with airstrikes, conventional troops, and special operations forces. But as the commander-in-chief asks Congress to consider a new national security strategy, the Pentagon is facing a new familiar foe in the war-torn country: ISIS.
The January SEAL Team Six raid in Yemen proceeded despite overhead surveillance indicating the mission was compromised and ultimately did not yield significant intelligence for the counterterrorism campaign against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), according to an investigation by NBC News released Oct 1.
U.S. Navy SEALs killed seven militants in an early morning raid on a compound associated with al Qaeda Yemen branch in the country’s central Marib governorate, U.S. Central Command said in a statement Tuesday.
Remarks made by the leader of al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen during a recent interview seem to suggest that the terrorist group is fighting alongside U.S.-backed forces in the country, the Associated Press reports.