Navy SEAL teams landed in Yemen today and attacked a senior al-Qaeda unit in al-Bayda province, which has been a stronghold of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
Media reports indicate that 41 Al Qaeda combatants were killed in the affray. Also killed were 16 civilians. Among those killed were at were at least four senior-level Al Qaeda commanders. The U.S. Army noted that one member of the SEAL Team Six was killed in action, while three others were wounded. It was preceded by a bombing raid that lasted about 45 minutes.
A White House statement noted the national service rendered by the fallen SEAL team member. “Americans are saddened this morning with news that a life of a heroic service member has been taken in our fight against the evil of radical Islamic terrorism,” said Trump in a statement. “The sacrifices made by the men and women of our armed forces, and the families they leave behind, are the backbone of the liberty we hold so dear as Americans, united in our pursuit of a safer nation and a freer world.”
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our elite service members,” Commander of U.S. Central Command Gen. Joseph Votel said in his statement. “The sacrifices are very profound in our fight against terrorists who threaten innocent peoples across the globe.”