Published On:January 30, 2017, 10:59 am
The United States has carried out a military commando raid on an al-Qaeda’s strongly fortified defence structure in central Yemen, and thereby killing 14 militants.
However, according to a statement from the Pentagon, one U.S. service member was killed and three others were wounded during this operation.
The Commander of U.S. Central Command Gen. Joseph Votel said, "We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our elite service members." He further added, "The sacrifices are very profound in our fight against terrorists who threaten innocent peoples across the globe," he added.
There were reports that many Apache helicopters took part in the operation in al-Baida province. Amongst the militants, three al-Qaeda leaders were killed in a battle that lasted 45 minutes in a village in Yakla district.
Additionally, to the loss of life and injuries, a U.S. aircraft which was aiding the operations witnessed what the Pentagon referred to as ‘hard landing’ quite close to where the operation was being conducted.
Also, two service members were severely injured in the hard landing, as reported by U.S. defence officials.
The US drones have conducted periodic attacks on al-Qaeda in Yemen. Earlier, the local forces reported saying 41 militants and 16 civilians were killed.
According to a provincial official, the helicopters targeted a school, hospital and mosque. The sources say that in the Sunday attack, Sultan al-Dhahab, Abdul-Raouf al-Dhahab, and Seif al-Nims were killed, all of whom were the leaders. The al-Dhahab family is supposed to be an ally of al Qaeda.
Moreover, the officials claimed that some dozen men had been killed or wounded in the raid, and also the United States forces captivated and departed with at least two men.
AL-Qaeda has definitely taken advantage of all these chaos happened because of the conflict in Yemen to imbed its presence in the south and south-east.
Since the past two years, the country has been dragged in conflict flight between forces loyal to the internationally recognised president, supported by a Saudi-led coalition, and Shia Houthi rebels.
Although, Iran declines any charges of aiding the rebels. This would be the very first raid since President Donald Trump took office on 20th January 2017.
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