U.S. commandos reportedly launch major raid on al Qaeda stronghold

Terry Joseph
January 30, 2017

The killed service member has not yet been identified.

Three U.S. service members were wounded in the raid and another was hurt when a U.S. military aircraft made a hard landing nearby.

A US aircraft was reportedly damaged after a "hard landing" during the operation, and had to be destroyed. One US service member died of wounds suffered in the raid against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen yesterday. The ground operation, which had been planned for months, was authorized by Trump, according to US officials familiar with the mission.

The plan for the raid had apparently been developed while President Obama was still in office, but had to be delayed until Sunday.

Yemeni security and tribal officials identified three senior Al Qaeda leaders slain in the surprise early morning raid, Military.com reports: Abdulraouf al-Dhahab, Sultan al-Dhahab and Seif al-Nims. They also said 14 militants from al-Qaeda's Yemen branch were killed in the assault.

According to the Pentagon, the raid targeted al-Qaeda headquarters in the country and took down at least 14 militants. It was not immediately clear whether the family members were actual members of al-Qaida.

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The raid is one in a series of aggressive moves against terrorist planners in Yemen and worldwide, according to the Centcom release.

Officials revealed 14 al-Qaeda fighters were killed in the assault and that U.S. service members captured 'information that will likely provide insight into the planning of future terror plots'. USA drones have carried out periodic attacks on al-Qaeda. He spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.

The United States considers the extremist group's Yemen-based franchise, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, to be its most unsafe.

The war began in 2014, when Shia Houthi rebels and their allies swept down from the north and captured the capital, Sana'a.

Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State jihadist group have exploited a power vacuum created by the two-year-old conflict in Yemen between the government and Shiite Huthi rebels, especially in the country's south and southeast.

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