U.S. military forces raided an al Qaeda compound on the Arabian Peninsula in the Marib Governate of Yemen early Tuesday, killing seven militants.
According to a statement from U.S. Central Command, “During this operation, U.S. forces killed seven AQAP militants through a combination of small arms fire and precision airstrikes. Raids such as this provide insight into AQAP’s disposition, capabilities and intentions, which will allow us to continue to pursue, disrupt, and degrade AQAP.”
There were no U.S. casualties in Tuesday’s ground operation, which was the first in Yemen since the Jan. 29 raid that resulted in the death of Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens, who became the first American to die in combat under the Trump administration.
The statement from the Central Command said that the Royal Government in Yemen supported the raid, and pointed out that AQAP was responsible for the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa in 2008. The group has also been linked to the 2013 Boston bombing, the 2009 Fort Hood shooting and other “lone-wolf” attacks in the U.S. and Europe.
Tuesday’s raid was conducted by SEAL Team Six, and aimed to seize intelligence such as computers, hard drives and cellphones. The operation did not seek to kill or capture a particular individual.
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