President Donald Trump released a lamenting statement on Sunday over a fallen United States Navy Seal killed in Yemen. The seal and his team were infiltrating a location with several high-level Al Qaeda forces.
This death marks the first military death under Trump’s administration. No other deaths were reported, but three soldiers were injured in the raid. Although the brave seal lost his life, the team did take out several senior Al Qaeda leaders.
The Blaze Reported on Trump’s statement saying:
“In a successful raid against Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) headquarters, brave U.S. forces were instrumental in killing an estimated 14 AQAP members and capturing important intelligence that will assist the U.S. in preventing terrorism against its citizens and people around the world,” Trump said, according to CNN.
“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,” he added. “The sacrifices made by the men and women of our armed forces, and the families they leave behind, are the backbone of the liberty we hold so dear as Americans, united in our pursuit of a safer nation and a freer world.”
“My deepest thoughts and humblest prayers are with the family of this fallen service member. I also pray for a quick and complete recovery for the brave service members who sustained injuries,” the president went on to say.
CNN managed to release some more information about the incident saying:
A US military official said the raid was not directed against specific individuals, but aimed at “site exploitation,” a military term to describe intelligence-gathering actions.
Central Command said an aircraft assisting in the operation experienced a hard landing, resulting in an additional US injury. That aircraft, which a US defense official said was a V-22 Osprey, was unable to fly after the landing and was then intentionally destroyed in place.
The US operation resulted in an estimated total of 14 members of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) being killed and the capture of information that will likely provide insight into the planning of future terror plots.
As part of his promise to take out ISIS, Trump authorized the raid to be executed and knew there was a possibility of casualties. According to the Yemeni officials, the raid killed these three senior leaders: Abdul-Raouf al-Dhahab, Sultan al-Dhanhab, and Seif al-Nims.
The attacked seemed to be well coordinated and all 16 missiles hit their desired three targets. Although the military says there were no civilian casualties, AQAP officials stated otherwise. Along with claims that children were injured, the AQAP sent photos of dead children to the Associated Press. We have no proof as of now to say which statement is true. As for the brave man that gave his life for the country, his name hasn’t been released but we are extremely grateful.
What do you think about Trump’s decision to send these seals into action? Do you think it was too early or do you think he made the right call to start fighting ISIS now? Let us know in the comments below!