President Trump recently issued a “botched” counterterrorism raid in Yemen after being told the Obama administration wouldn’t be “bold enough” to do the same.
The raid resulted in the death of at lead 30 women and children and left one Navy SEAL, William Owens, dead, and three others injured.
Defense Secretary James Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Joseph Dunford told the President that capturing the raid’s intended target would be a “game changer,” NBC News reports.
The network says Trump was told by his advisors that President Obama would not have done the same, which sparked his first military action as the President of the United States.
Not only were human lives taken but the troops involved in the mission were forced to leave behind a $75 million helicopter.
Following the raid the Defense Department denied that it was aimed at a high-ranking terrorist.
Officials in Yemen were quick to rescind permissions to allow US troops to run Special Operations in the country.
Navy Capt. John Davis said Tuesday that there was “never any intention, hope, anticipation, or plan” that Al Qaeda leader Qassim al-Rimi would be captured or killed in the raid.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said at Tuesday’s press briefing that the raid, which killed 14 Al Qaeda fighters, was aimed at intelligence gathering.
Spicer said the mission was a success, despite the loss of children’s lives and military equipment.
A former SEAL Team 6 member told the New York Times that commandos knew the mission was compromised and that they “were screwed from the beginning.”
US Central Command has not responded to requests for comment.
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