Sunday, January 29, 2017
Trump's first military assault
Was on a country, Yemen, that we are not at war with despite actively encouraging our allies in the region to ravage the countryside with all the cool weaponry we sold them. The result was less than stellar and we hope is not a harbinger of results to come.
One American commando was killed and three others were injured in a fierce firefight overnight with Qaeda militants in central Yemen, the military said Sunday morning. The raid was the first counterterrorism operation approved by President Trump since he took office nine days ago.14 of theirs against one of ours and a worthless piece of military junk may seem like a fair trade, except to the SEAL killed, but now Yemen has cause to declare war on us. And the closeness with which this operation took place to the inauguration suggests that this was planned during the Obama administration and rejected whereupon the relevant Pentagon brass rushed to Trump after the inauguration to get his OK.
Commandos from the Navy’s SEAL Team 6 carried out the surprise dawn attack in Bayda Province in a ground raid that lasted a little less than an hour. The target was a headquarters for Al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen that counterterrorism officials had deemed valuable enough to warrant a ground operation rather than an airstrike, a senior American official said.
Gen. Joseph Votel, the head of the Pentagon’s Central Command, said in a statement: “We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our elite service members. The sacrifices are very profound in our fight against terrorists who threaten innocent peoples across the globe.”
A military aircraft assisting in the operation crash-landed nearby, leaving two more service members injured, the statement said. That aircraft, identified by a senior American official as an MV-22 Osprey sent to evacuate the troops wounded in the raid, was unable to fly after the landing and was intentionally destroyed by American airstrikes.
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