Since then, the comrades of Ryan Owens have paid tribute to his work.
From President Trump on Tuesday:
We are blessed to be joined tonight by Carryn Owens, the widow of U.S. Navy special operator, Senior Chief William “Ryan” Owens. Ryan died as he lived, a warrior and a hero, battling against terrorism and securing our nation.
I just spoke to our great General Mattis just now who reconfirmed that, and I quote, “Ryan was a part of a highly successful raid that generated large amounts of vital intelligence that will lead to many more victories in the future against our enemy.”
Ryan’s legacy is etched into eternity. Thank you.The applause was deafening and sustained.
The next day, the military took that information Ryan Owens died obtaining, and turned it into victory..@POTUS recognizes Carryn Owens, widow of U.S. Navy Special Operator, Senior Chief William "Ryan" Owens. #Jointsession #JointAddress pic.twitter.com/oOV6YbDAZF— CSPAN (@cspan) March 1, 2017
From the Daily Caller:
President Donald Trump cleared the way for the U.S. to bomb al-Qaida in Yemen, ahead of a flurry of airstrikes on the terrorist group.
The Trump administration has now classified Yemen as an “area of active hostility,” which lets the military launch strikes against terror targets without clearing it through a long approval process. U.S. aircraft struck Yemen 25 separate strikes across the country, signaling a major uptick in anti al-Qaida operations.
The strikes may preview a broader shift in military decision making under the Trump administration. Trump is considering giving much more leeway to Secretary of Defense James Mattis to launch raids against terrorists without timely authorization from the White House. The policy would lie in stark contrast to the Obama administration, which had lengthy review processes for counter-terrorism raids, frustrating some commanders in the military.
Trump repeatedly criticized these policies throughout the 2016 campaign, and has already loosened rules of engagement for U.S. troops in Iraq assisting the fight against the Islamic State. U.S. special operators now accompany some Iraqi troops inside the city of Mosul, and commanders no longer have to clear some strikes up the chain of command in time sensitive operations.From NPR:
The raid generated a debate about the value of the information on the computers and cellphones recovered from the AQAP compound. A Defense Department official said Friday that the latest airstrikes were not based on intelligence gathered in January. But he did add that the previous raid produced "good information" that provided a fuller picture of a group that is made up largely of local Yemeni tribesmen.From Slate:
The United States launched a wave of airstrikes against al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, targets in Yemen on Friday, following more than 20 strikes on Thursday. This would appear to be a significant escalation in the fight against the group, which has been implicated in a number of plots to attack the United States. The Pentagon says the strikes targeted AQAP “fighters, heavy weapons systems, equipment infrastructure and the group’s fighting positions,” Al Jazeera reports, but residents say at least one strike hit civilian homes in Wadi Yashbum village in the southern Shabwah province, killing an unknown number of civilians.From the Associated Press:
SANAA, Yemen — U.S. jets carried out dozens of airstrikes on al-Qaida targets in Yemen overnight and in the past 48 hours in one of the lengthiest, sustained operations inside this conflict-torn Arab country, Yemeni officials and residents said Friday.
According to the officials, the strikes focused on a triangle-shaped mountainous region where three Yemeni provinces meet: Bayda, Shabwa, and Abyan. Casualty figures have been slow to emerge but officials said seven alleged al-Qaida militants were killed in the strikes on Thursday.
That last paragraph refers to previous false reports that Yemen stopped cooperating with the USA.A senior Yemeni official described the strikes as “open-ended” and said they raised questions about the objectives of such an operation.
More from the same story:
Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters Friday that U.S. warplanes over the past two days targeted members of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, as well as the group’s infrastructure, fighting positions and heavy weapons. He said approximately 25 strikes had been launched on Thursday and “several” more Friday, for a total of more than 30.
Davis said the U.S. was engaged in a sustained campaign in areas of Yemen where AQAP is most active. He said no U.S. ground troops have been involved in firefights there since a late-January raid.From ABC:
The U.S. military has launched more than 30 airstrikes in Yemen over the past two nights targeting Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, according to U.S. officials. The airstrikes indicate a higher level of operations being taken against the terror group by the U.S. military.
More than 25 airstrikes were conducted Thursday, the first U.S. military action since the deadly U.S. raid in late-January intended to gather intelligence on the terror group.
As was the case before, the second night of airstrikes targeted targeted AQAP militants, artillery, fighting positions and equipment in three Yemeni provinces. The airstrikes were again conducted by a mix of unmanned and manned aircraft.
While U.S. military airstrikes in Yemen are a regular occurrence, there have not been so many at one time as occurred Thursday and Friday.
"U.S. forces will continue to target AQAP militants and facilities in order to disrupt the terrorist organization's plots, and ultimately to protect American lives," said Capt. Jeff Davis, the Pentagon spokesman.From BBC:
The US has been battling al-Qaeda in Yemen for years. The jihadist group has taken advantage of the chaos caused by a three-year conflict to entrench its presence in the south and south-east.And that is the bottom line.
International terrorist organizations funded by Iran and other countries that Barack Obama reached out grew on his watch.
Under President Trump, they die.
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