Trump’s first military strike was a complete disaster. On Tuesday, a raid conducted by the Joint Special Operations Command in Yemen was intended to capture valuable intelligence including computer equipment — the first example of Trump’s “boots on the ground” approach we have seen since less than half the country kinda-sorta elected him with help from Vladimir Putin, a team of hackers and propagandists, and a rogue FBI agent.
“Almost everything went wrong,” an explained. NBC has the details of this disaster of an operation:
An MV-22 Osprey experienced a hard landing near the site, injuring several SEALs, one severely. The tilt-rotor aircraft had to be destroyed. A SEAL was killed during the firefight on the ground, as were some noncombatants, including females.
Defense Secretary James Mattis had to leave one of Washington’s biggest annual social events, the Alfalfa Club Dinner, to deal with the repercussions, according to the official. He did not return.
Among the noncombatants Trump’s raid killed were an 8-year-old American girl, Nawar al-Awlaki (also known as Nora) and several Yemeni women. Nora died two hours after being shot.
U.S. officials claim that some of the women opened fire on their attackers, but Nora’s grandfather tells a different story:
“My granddaughter was staying for a while with her mother, so when the attack came, they were sitting in the house, and a bullet struck her in her neck at 2:30 past midnight. Other children in the same house were killed,” al-Awlaki said. He said the girl died two hours after being shot.
“They [the SEALs] entered another house and killed everybody in it, including all the women. They burned the house. There is an assumption there was a woman [in the house] from Saudi Arabia who was with al Qaeda. All we know is that she was a children’s teacher.”
Nora was the daughter of Anwar al-Awlaki, a New Mexico-born al Qaeda leader who was killed by a U.S. strike a half-decade ago.
While campaigning, Trump said that he intended to “take out” terrorists’ “families.”
Apparently, he meant it. Watch a report on the raid below:
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