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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.
The raid was the first acknowledged by CENTCOM in the country since a Navy SEAL was killed in a counter-terrorism operation carried out after President Donald Trump took office in January.
The seven al-Qaeda terrorists were reportedly killed through “a combination of small arms fire and precision airstrikes,” according to CENTCOM. According to the Washington Post, the SEALs were supported by “an array of special operations forces.”
Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis told Fox News that an AC-130 gunship was called in to provide air support after SEALs engaged the militants in a firefight.
A defense official characterized the operation as an “intelligence-gathering raid,” Reuters reports, carried out with the knowledge and authorization of the Yemeni government and targeting several buildings thought to be a “headquarters” for the terror network’s Yemen offshoot.
“Raids such as this provide insight into AQAP’s disposition, capabilities and intentions, which allow us to continue to pursue, disrupt, and degrade AQAP,” CENTCOM said in a statement.
The New York Times reports that the raid “was intended to seize potentially important information from the compound — typically electronic devices such as computers, hard drives and cellphones — and was not an attempt to kill or capture a particular individual,” according to CENTCOM spokesman Col. John Thomas.
Davis told Fox News that the raid was the "deepest" U.S. special operators had ventured into the country.
The January raid was the first military operation authorized by President Trump. In addition to the fallen SEAL, the raid also left as many as 25 civilians dead. As of this writing, there is no publically available information regarding civilian casualties incurred during the May 23 operation.
While Tuesday’s raid is certainly the first in Yemen acknowledged since that January mission, it’s certainly not the only one that CENTCOM has conducted. According to the Times, special operators have carried out “site exploration” missions in the country with similar intelligence-gathering objectives as the May 23 operation.
Tuesday’s raid was not authorized by President Trump, but rather by CENTCOM chief Gen. Joseph Votel, according to Fox News.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Known for acting on impulse, President Donald Trump has adopted an uncharacteristically go-slow approach to whether to hold Iran responsible for attacks on Saudi oil facilities, showing little enthusiasm for confrontation as he seeks re-election next year.
After state-owned Saudi Aramco's plants were struck on Saturday, Trump didn't wait long to fire off a tweet that the United States was "locked and loaded" to respond, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Iran.
But four days later, Trump has no timetable for action. Instead, he wants to wait and see the results of investigations into what happened and is sending Pompeo to consult counterparts in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates this week.
That sound you're hearing is Army senior leaders exhaling a sigh of relief, because the Army has surpassed its recruiting goal for the year.
After failing to meet recruiting goals in 2018, the Army put the pedal to the metal and "did some soul searching," said Acting Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, to ensure that they'd meet their 2019 goal. It must have paid off — the service announced on Tuesday that more than 68,000 recruits have signed on as active-duty soldiers, and more soldiers have stuck around than they expected.
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein transformed into the Cigarette Smoking Man from "The X-Files" on Tuesday when explaining why UFO enthusiasts should avoid storming the mythical Area 51 installation in Nevada.
"All joking aside, we're taking it very seriously," Goldfein told reporters during the Air Force Association's annual Air, Space, and Cyber Conference. "Our nation has secrets, and those secrets deserve to be protected. The people deserve to have our nation's secrets protected."
SAN DIEGO — A San Diego-based Navy SEAL acquitted of murder in a closely watched war crimes trial this summer has filed a lawsuit against two of his former attorneys and a military legal defense nonprofit, according to a complaint filed in federal court in Texas on Friday.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland — The Air Force is reviewing whether some airmen's valor awards deserve to be upgraded to the Medal of Honor, Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein said on Tuesday.
Goldfein revealed that several airmen are being considered for the nation's highest military award during a press conference at the Air Force Association's annual Air, Space, and Cyber Conference. He declined to say exactly who could receive the Medal of Honor, pending the outcome of the review process.