Yemen Military Strike Failed Original Intention

According to emerging information, the Jan. 29 U.S. military raid in Yemen was not, perhaps, as successful as originally thought.

Initially, the attack appeared purposeful and slightly successful, as the military reported 14 Al-Qaeda terrorists were killed. This first President Trump-led counterterrorism attack included the death of Al-Qaeda senior leader Abdulraoof al-Dhahab. Despite the additional death of a U.S. Navy SEAL, the military stated there were no unintentional kills, including civilians. However, new information shows a different story.

It was an uninformed decision to strike

Although the military’s Joint Special Operations Command planned the Yemen invasion while former President Barack Obama was in office, they did not move forward with the mission for a reason. Three senior officials explained there was much debate over the idea. According to them, the Obama administration considered the value of possible information obtained versus the risk of the raid. Ultimately, the former administration did not move forward, as they did not have enough information.

During his second week in office, President Donald Trump decided to move forward, despite no new information. Additionally, U.S. military officials told RushHourDaily that the operation did not have enough intelligence, ground support, or backup operations.

After the raid, Trump’s initial statement was that it was “successful,” as they captured “information that will likely provide insight” into future terror plots.

Despite this “success,” military and intelligence officials told NBC on Feb. 6 that the raid did not achieve its purpose. According to the officials, the raid was intended for the death of Al-Qaeda recruiter Qassim al-Rimi. As it turns out, al-Rimi was not even in the area during the attack.

Afterward, the sought-after terrorist taunted President Trump after the attack failed its mission. He posted a video of him laughing at the mistake.

“The fool of the White House got slapped at the beginning of his road in your lands,” he said.

Civilians killed in attack

New reports indicate there were civilian casualties in the raid, possibly as many as two dozen. This number includes women and children.

One local witness claims warplanes bombed several houses in the village around 2 a.m. on Jan. 29.

Another witness, a Yemeni government official, said at least eight women and seven children were killed. The children are believed to have been between ages 3 and 13. Additionally, one of the terrorist’s daughter is believed to be one of the casualties.

Other accounts of the attack indicate that a school, health facility, and mosque are among the damaged buildings.

Although this is not the first attack in the area, the military previously struck with broader intelligence of the situation. Previous raids included the rescue of eight hostages and an attempt to rescue U.S. photojournalist Luke Somers.

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