Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is reportedly extremely upset with news media over their apparently misleading reports that the U.S. special operations raid in Yemen a month ago was futile in achieving its goal.
In the raid last month, Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens was killed in action while his team was attempting to retrieve vital information.
News media companies such as NBC News are releasing reports that no essential intelligence was actually acquired during the raid.
Along with Mattis, a senior Pentagon official claims the reports are “inaccurate” and that the mission was worth the risk of sending troops in. “Valuable and actionable intelligence was taken in this operation,” said Navy Capt. Jeff Davis in a statement to the press.
Reportedly, computers, cell phones, and hard drive were seized from the raid in Yemen and contain crucial details about al Qaeda operations. A drone strike in Yemeni territory was also conducted on Thursday, reportedly in relation to data attained in the raid.
H/T: Washington Examiner
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