Evidence contradicts all of Trump's claims about deadly Yemen raid

Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator William "Ryan" Owens was killed in the intense firefight that occurred during the raid and five other American service members were wounded by enemy fire or injured in an MV-22 Osprey "hard landing", officials said.

The officials told The Associated Press that US jets and drones targeted at least six districts and they were all located in a mountainous area where the three provinces of Bayda, Shabwa and Abyan meet.

The sources said some of these people are believed to be in the West but not in the United States.

A USA official told AFP that Tuesday's strikes had been planned months ago and were unrelated to the controversial raid, which the White House has repeatedly claimed was a success that yielded crucial intelligence, despite global condemnation.

The U.S. military battered al Qaeda's Yemen branch with more than 20 airstrikes overnight Thursday in the first known military operation in the country since a controversial raid that left one Navy SEAL dead.

Yet analysts cautioned that information about the group and its plots was substantially curtailed when US advisers withdrew from Yemen in March 2015, after Houthi rebels ousted the government of President Abed Rabu Mansour Hadi, the United States' main counterterrorism partner. A USA defense official who spoke on the condition of anonymity said the Pentagon is not required to announce every strike conducted in Yemen.

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The terabyte's worth of intelligence gathered from computers and cell phones is now being reviewed at the National Media Exploitation Center outside Washington, which analyzes documents, electronic media, cell phones, video and audio tapes seized on overseas missions. In addition to Owens, 14 militants and several civilians were killed.

President Donald Trump defended the January raid in his Tuesday address to Congress.

To prolonged applause, Trump diverted the attention of the audience to the House gallery, where Carryn Owens was seated in the section reserved for First Lady Melania Trump. Trump said he'd been reassured of that fact just before his speech by Defense Secretary James Mattis.

"Ryan died as he lived: a warrior, and a hero, battling against terrorism and securing our nation", Trump said.

Military sources are contradicting Pres. Donald Trump's claim that the botched raid in Yemen on January 29 was "a highly successful raid that generated large amounts of vital intelligence". If he's willing to tell the president that, knowing it'll be relayed to America, why not say so himself? "We will never forget him".

  • Adam Floyd