Jan 29, 2017

First American combat death under Trump

One U.S. service member has been killed in a counterterrorism operation Yemen, and three more were wounded, U.S. Central Command announced this morning. The raid was authorized by President Trump, per a U.S. defense official.

We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our elite servicemembers... The sacrifices are very profound in our fight against terrorists who threaten innocent peoples across the globe. — Commander of US Central Command Gen. Joseph Votel

The helicopter used in the operation had to be destroyed due to damage, per Centcom, and 14 members of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula were killed.

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