Costly Yemen SEAL raid could bolster anti-US anger

Source: CNN

The US Special Forces raid in central Yemen on January 29 is further evidence of two things: al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) remains a formidable, resilient enemy — and is more deeply entrenched in Yemen’s tribal society than ever.

The raid, in the province of al-Bayda, achieved some of its goals. US Central Command said three senior AQAP officials were killed and valuable intelligence retrieved. But it was at a cost, including the death of Navy Seal Team member William “Ryan” Owens, injuries to three other US personnel and the loss of an Osprey aircraft.
An unknown number of civilian non-combatants also were killed, including women and children, according to a Central Command statement. They “appear to have been potentially caught up in aerial gunfire that was called in to assist US forces in contact against a determined enemy,” it said.

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1 reply

  1. ‘bolster anti US anger’ ? Not really, every one already knows the USA. In the past it was ‘double-talk’, now it is ‘open talk’. It does not really make a difference.

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