In Yemen Trump makes 80 drone strikes in last two months
nstead of pursuing a more isolationist and nationalist policy as suggested by some of Trump's campaign rhetoric, Trump has adopted an opposite policy of ramping up U.S. military activity in several different countries including Yemen.
|In Yemen, the Pentagon reports that there have been at least 80 airstrikes just in March and April. The latest strike on Sunday is said to have killed five people although another report claims that the strike that destroyed a car in central Maarib Province killed four people. As usual, those killed were said to be "Al-Qaeda suspects" by Yemeni officials. None were publicly identified. Locals say that two of those killed were members of a tribe in the area but they did not know who the other two were. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is the main al-Qaeda-linked group in Yemen but there are also members of the Islamic State(IS) operating in Yemen as well.|
One U.S. Navy SEAL was killed and three other SEALs were wounded in the raid. Between 14 and 25 civilians, including the eight-year-old American daughter of the deceased Al Qaeda preacher Anwar al-Awlaki, were also killed in the raid along with up to 14 enemy combatants. A Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey was destroyed during the operation.The Trump administration called the operation a success, others claim it was botched and did not even achieve its main aim of capturing or killing a key AQAP leader. The raid is discussed on the attached video.