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As the United States wages a protracted war in Afghanistan and a 16-year-long Global War on Terror that has received renewed commitments from President Donald Trump, the Los Angeles Times has highlighted a stunning reality in a new profile published May 25: More than half of the American combat fatalities since 2015 have befallen service members assigned to U.S. special operations units.

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U.S. Central Command photo by Marine Corps Sgt. Alan Belser

Depending who you ask, the first military operation authorized by President Donald Trump — a daring ground raid in Yemen that cost the lives of a Navy SEAL and a disputed number of civilians — was either a tragic failure or a laudable success. While the White House has held firmly to the latter assessment, Trump insists that it was his generals, not him, who were ultimately responsible for what transpired in the village of al Ghayil on a moonless night in late January. Now, one of those generals has stepped up to own it.  

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A more in-depth investigation into the death of the Navy SEAL during a controversial U.S. military raid in Yemen has not been ordered, despite being announced earlier this week, defense officials said Friday.

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Screenshot via Snopes

A news story partnered with a meme is circulating across the internet, alleging that Oscar-winning actress and “The View” host Whoopi Goldberg criticized Carryn Owens — the widow of slain Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens who attended President Donald Trump’s joint address to Congress on Feb. 28 — for seeking publicity.

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Army photo by Sgt. Daniel P. Shook

The SEAL Team 6 raid in Yemen that resulted in the death of Chief Special Warfare Operator William “Ryan” Owens was declared a success by President Donald Trump, who praised Owens and his fellow commandos, three of whom were wounded, for “killing 14 [al Qaeda] members” and “capturing important intelligence that will assist the US in preventing terrorism.” But as more details of the weekend covert counterterrorism operation emerge, it’s evident that the mission didn’t go according to plan.

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AP photo by Evan Vucci

On the afternoon of Feb. 1, President Donald Trump made an unannounced trip to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to receive the remains of a fallen U.S. commando, the first to die under his watch. Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens, a 36-year-old Navy SEAL, was killed in Yemen over the weekend during a daring nighttime raid that left three other operators wounded.

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