Al-Qaeda

What happened the night a U.S. commando was killed in combat, the first such death of Trump's presidency

What happened the night a U.S. commando was killed in combat, the first such death of Trump's presidency

It was past midnight on a moonless night in central Yemen, and Ahmad Jawfi was preparing to go to sleep when he heard the dull buzz of drones overhead.  Drones were nothing new, so he and others paid little attention.

But soon, a military operation unfolded that left 14 Al Qaeda fighters dead and took the lives of at least 11 women and children and one U.S. commando. The operation last  Sunday on the village of Yakla by SEAL Team 6 was to showcase the Trump administration’s decisiveness in the fight against Al Qaeda. 

The attack, the first special operations raid authorized by President Trump, targeted the house of a suspected leader of Al Qaeda in the...

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