A US military raid in Yemen January 29 resulted in the deaths of one US commando, more than a dozen militants and perhaps dozens of civilians, among them women and children.
US Central Command reports that one of its soldiers died, three were injured in a firefight and 14 al-Qaeda militants, the targets of the southern Yemen raid, were killed. One other solider was injured when his aircraft had a “hard landing” and was subsequently intentionally destroyed.
Yemeni security and tribal officials identified three senior Al Qaeda leaders slain in the surprise early morning raid, Military.com reports: Abdulraouf al-Dhahab, Sultan al-Dhahab and Seif al-Nims.
An Al Qaeda member, speaking to AP, called the raid a “massacre,” and Reuters cites local medics saying 30 people were killed, among them 10 women and three children.
Local residents say the raid began with a drone strike on al-Dhabhab’s house, followed by Apache helicopters that unloaded paratroopers into the area. Tribal officials said the soldiers were looking for al-Qaeda leader Qassim al-Rimi, and that they took at least two captured individuals with them.
Five al-Qaeda operatives were killed by US airstrikes earlier in January, according to US Central Command.