Sean Spicer Says US Citizens Won't Be Targeted in Anti-Terror Efforts

01 February, 2017, 01:22 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Anwar an Awlaki was the first US citizen to be killed by a US drone strike Getty Images

It was carried out with the intention to capture valuable intelligence, specifically computer equipment. However, per what the anonymous senior official told NBC News, it seems Trump's first global counterterror raid didn't go as planned regardless. "A SEAL was killed during the firefight on the ground, as were some noncombatants, including females". One of these was the first US service member to die during Trump's presidency, who was later identified by the Los Angeles Times and other news outlets as Chief Special Warfare Operator William "Ryan" Owens of Peoria, Illinois.

"Ryan gave his full measure for our nation, and in performing his duty, he upheld the noblest standard of military service", said Mattis in the statement. The process of his radicalization accelerated after being imprisoned in Yemen - with USA encouragement - and he went on to become a top recruiter and mentor to a number of al Qaeda operatives, including Fort Hood Shooter Nidal Malik Hasan and Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who tried to bring down an American airliner with explosives hidden in his underwear. Among the women and noncombatants killed was the 8-year-old girl, Nawar al-Awlaki, also known as Nora.

Anwar Al-Awalki, a US-born cleric who directed attacks against the USA, was killed in a targeted drone strike in 2011.

The U.S. has been striking al-Qaida in Yemen from the air for more than 15 years, mostly using drones.

Yemeni security forces killed an Al-Qaeda leader in the province of Lahj during a raid on Tuesday, police said. She was shot in the neck and bled for two hours before she died, he said. But U.S. officials said some of the women Nasser al-Awlaki described were combatants, who fired on the SEALs as they approached the camp. Then, "They burned the house". Three al Qaeda leaders were killed, according to USA officials.

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The death of 8-year-old Nawar will likely be used in militant propaganda efforts, especially since she is the second of Awlaki's children killed by the US.

The fate of the girl's mother has not been confirmed. "Why kill children? This is the new (U.S.) administration - it's very sad, a big crime".

According to the Pentagon, 14 militants and "numerous" civilians died in the raid; the Associated Press reports that almost 30 people were killed.

The Intercept reports that Nora's American-born brother, 16-year-old Abdulrahman, along with the boy's 17-year-old cousin and several other innocent Yemenis, were all killed in drone strikes carried out by the Obama administration in 2011, weeks after the death of Anwar al-Awlaki. Spicer, however, referred questions about the raid to the Department of Defense.

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