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USA raid in Yemen targeted senior al-Qaeda leader Qasim al-Raymi

USA raid in Yemen targeted senior al-Qaeda leader Qasim al-Raymi

Yemen has withdrawn permission for United States anti-terror ground missions in the country amidst anger at the civilian casualities incurred in the first commando raid ordered by new president Donald Trump last month, the New York Times reports.

Bill Roggio, editor of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies' Long War Journal, previously told Business Insider that al Qaeda's branch in Yemen does ultimately pose a threat a threat overseas as it is at the forefront of planning worldwide attacks.

Qassim al-Rimi further claimed that dozens of Americans were killed and wounded.

This is a major setback for a planned military campaign against the branch of al Qaeda officials consider to be one most likely to launch terrorist attacks against the US, reports CBS News correspondent David Martin.

In addition to the death of Chief Petty Officer William "Ryan" Owens, several SEALs were injured.

He said the USA special operations forces conducted the raid to get valuable information and intelligence, including about potential operations by Al Qaeda against the United States and the West.

The US Defense Department said the raid in the southern al-Bayda province killed 14 al-Qaeda members, and the White House said commandos had successfully captured intelligence.

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The White House has maintained that the raid was a success.

A senior USA military official told CNN on Monday that Rimi was a target of the operation.

Given the latest reports, Kristen Welker of NBC News asked Spicer whether he would still characterize the raid as a "success".

Briefings suggest that from the start of the mission, the Yemen villagers were alerted regarding the imminent threat of a raid because drones were flying lower than usual, according to The Guardian.

The eight-year-old daughter of Anwar al-Awlaki, the radical cleric and United States citizen who was killed in a drone strike in 2011, was reportedly among those killed. Meanwhile, the administration has revealed few details about the crucial intelligence it says was gathered during the operation. Three other Americans were wounded, and a US aircraft was lost. By requesting USA permission for future ground operations, Yemen's government has taken a more assertive role in this relationship, one that could serve its internal political goals. "While I would hope US military personnel would disobey an illegal order to intentionally kill civilians, the fact that the president made that promise during the campaign means that people around the world will assume this was an intentional act".

"It's absolutely a success", said Spicer, whose boss has shown a fondness for labeling his own ventures "successful".

The deaths could alienate those armed tribes fighting for the government cause and aid al Qaeda recruitment.


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