Yemen: Civilians Among the Dead in U.S. Commando Raid

HeadlineJan 30, 2017
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In Yemen, U.S. commandos and helicopter gunships raided a village on Sunday said to be home to al-Qaeda leaders, and local medics said civilians were among the dead. It was the first military operation authorized by President Donald Trump. The Pentagon said it killed 14 al-Qaeda members, while one U.S. commando was killed and three wounded in the raid. The AFP news service reported as many as eight women and eight children were killed in the assault. Among them was the 8-year-old daughter of Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical cleric and U.S. citizen who was killed in Yemen by a U.S. drone strike in 2011. The girl’s grandfather, Nasser al-Awlaki, said she suffered for hours after she was shot in the neck. She’s the second child of Anwar al-Awlaki to be killed by the United States in Yemen, after her brother, 16-year-old American citizen Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, was killed in a U.S. drone strike in 2011. As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump repeatedly promised to kill the families of terrorists, even though the practice violates international law.

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