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President Trump’s Hasty Decision To Order A Raid May Have Caused The Death Of A Navy SEAL

Last Week, President Donald Trump approved his first military operation since becoming Commander-In-Chief. Military officials report that the order came without sufficient intelligence reports or ground support. In addition, back-up operations were lacking. As a result of the attack, civilian casualties and one US Navy SEAL perished.

On Sunday, US Central Command reported that 'civilian noncombatants were likely killed' in last week's ground raid on Al Qaeda at a Yemen location. Medics from the mission reported that some 30 people were killed in the operation, with about 10 of them being women and children. Navy SEAL William "Ryan" Owens also died in the raid.

White House officials say the operation was planned and vetted by the Obama administration, but delayed for operational reasons. The hope was that the subsequent administration would carry it out. "The decision was made ... to leave it to the incoming administration, partly in the hope that more and better intelligence could be collected," said an anonymous White House official.

"Knowing that we killed an estimated 14 AQAP members and that we gathered an unbelievable amount of intelligence that will prevent the potential deaths or attacks on American soil — is something that I think most service members understand, that that's why they joined the service,” said Sean Spicer, White House press secretary, on Wednesday.

During the firefight on Sunday, Marine helicopter gunmen and Harrier jump jets were called in. Two MV-22 Osprey aircrafts were sent in to extract the SEALS on the ground, but one of the crafts suffered engine failure. It crashed into the ground, injuring two crew members.

A precision-guided bomb was used to destroy the craft. Central command is continuing to investigate and assess the raid, and "seeks to determine if there were any still-undetected civilian casualties in the ferocious firefight," said a statement.

President Trump went to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Wednesday to meet with the family of the fallen SEAL.

Source: Business Insider
Photo: Mad World News

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