American killed in Yemen al Qaeda raid was with SEAL Team Six
A member of U.S. Navy SEAL Team Six was killed and three others were wounded in a raid against a group of senior Al Qaeda leaders in central Yemen, officials said.While it is regrettable that this SEAL lost his life, the operation could provide actionable intelligence against this group of dangerous terrorists. It is something that has been largely missing with the reliance on drone strikes. I suspect that there was a backup plan for transportation for the special ops teams should their aircraft run into trouble. Judging by the casualties, apparently the team may have lost the element of surprise.
The U.S. Central Command said in a statement Sunday that another service member was injured in a "hard landing" in a nearby location. An MV-22 Osprey aircraft used in the raid was unable to fly afterward and "was then intentionally destroyed in place."
A total of 14 fighters from Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula were killed in the assault, and U.S. service members captured "information that will likely provide insight into the planning of future terror plots," according to the military.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our elite servicemembers,” Commander of U.S. Central Command Gen. Joseph Votel said in a statement. “The sacrifices are very profound in our fight against terrorists who threaten innocent peoples across the globe.”