Costly Yemen SEAL raid could bolster anti-US anger
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.