The U.S. Military is lashing out at president Donald Trump after he approved his first covert counterterrorism operation without sufficient intelligence, ground support or adequate backup preparations, officials said Wednesday.
The raid, targeting a branch of al Qaeda, also known as AQAP in Yemen, was personally ordered by Trump, despite the lack of sufficient intelligence Political Dig reported yesterday.
The disastrous operation resulted in the dead of U.S. Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens and 30 civilians, including 10 women and children. Six other navy seals were wounded, the Pentagon said.
On Wednesday, Reuters reported that the U.S. military was looking into whether more civilians were killed in the first operation authorized by President Donald Trump as commander in chief.
U.S. Central Command said in a statement that an investigating team had “concluded regrettably that civilian non-combatants were likely killed” during Sunday’s raid. It said children were among the casualties, according to The Huffington Post.
Central Command said its assessment “seeks to determine if there were any still-undetected civilian casualties in the firefight.”
U.S. military officials told Reuters that Trump approved his first covert counterterrorism operation without sufficient intelligence, ground support or adequate backup preparations.
The pre-dawn raid was plagued by trouble from the start. A tilt-rotor MV-22 transporting the commandos experienced a “hard landing” near the target location, and had to be destroyed.
As a result, three officials said, the attacking SEAL team found itself dropping onto a reinforced al Qaeda base defended by landmines, snipers, and a larger than expected contingent of heavily armed Islamist extremists.
The military officials who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity said “a brutal firefight” killed Owens and at least 15 Yemeni women and children. One of the dead was the 8-year-old daughter of Anwar al-Awlaki, a militant killed by a 2011 U.S. drone strike.
Some of the women were firing at the U.S. force, Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis told reporters.
While al-Qaida has made increasing use of female attackers in bomb plots in north Africa in recent months, there is little evidence that the group has ever deployed women in more traditional combat roles in strongholds within the Middle East.
“When the commando unit landed, everybody in the village tried to respond, – not because they were al-Qaida, but because the pre-dawn raid frightened them.
but because the pre-dawn raid frightened them.including women,” Nasser al-Awlaki, grandfather of an American 8-year-old girl killed in the raid, told The Guardian.
“Mr Trump, his actions will only make things difficult, whether in America or elsewhere in the world. My message is that there are other ways, really, to solve problems rather than using actions like killing people in Yemen and also banning Muslims from entering the United States.”