Al-Jazeerah: Cross-Cultural Understanding
News, January 2017
US Navy Seal Killed, Several Injured in a Raid on Al-Bayda, Which Killed 41 Yemenis, Including 8 Women and 8 Children
January 30, 2017
The war in Yemen is fought internally by the forces of the elected President, Hadi, and the allied Houthi-Salih forces. The Hadi forces are supported by the Saudi-led Arab coalition forces, which are also supported by the United States. The Houthi-Salih forces are supported by Iran, which is also supported by Russia.
Thus the war in Yemen has its internal, regional, and global rivals, who are interested in keeping it going on for their own benefits (of course, no body cares about the dispensable, cannon-fodder Yemenis).
The larger context for understanding the Yemeni war (and other wars in Syria and Iraq) is that it contributes to the implementation of the Zionist-Israeli plan of destroying the Arab Middle Eastern states in preparation for the establishment of the greater Israeli empire, from the Nile of Egypt to the Euphrates of Iraq.
For a background, read:
U.S. Forces Kill 14 Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen
DoD News, Defense Media Activity
An estimated 14 al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula were killed yesterday during a raid by U.S. forces in Yemen, according to a U.S. Central Command news release issued today.
One U.S. service member died of wounds suffered in the raid, and three others were wounded, the release said.
The names of the deceased and wounded service members are being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin, the release said.
A U.S. military aircraft assisting in the operation experienced a hard landing at a nearby location, resulting in an additional U.S. injury, according to the Centcom release. That aircraft was unable to fly after the landing. The aircraft was then intentionally destroyed in place.
The raid is one in a series of aggressive moves in Yemen and worldwide, according to the Centcom release. Similar operations have produced intelligence on al-Qaida logistics, recruiting and financing efforts.
The following news stories are from the pro-Saudi website Al-Masdar ( http://www.almasdaronline.com/category/42 ):
At least, 8 children and 8 women were killed in the US raid on Yakla village of Al-Bayda, Yemen, on January 29, 2017
Al-Qaeda shot down two US helicopters in US military raid in
Al-Qaeda elements shot down two Apache helicopters in confrontations
against US forces waged a military raid in
Yakla village of al Bayda governorate, central
Yemen, on Sunday.
A source tells Almasdaronline details of the US military raid
in al Bayda, central Yemen
A local source from Yakla village of Qaifah district in al Bayda
governorate, central Yemen, has given the details of the US military
raid, which led to the killing of al Qaeda leader Abdul Rauf al Thahab,
as well as other militants.
16 civilians killed in U.S. air raid against al-Qaeda in Yemen
Digital Journal, Agence France-Presse, January 30, 2017
The first major military action of Donald Trump's presidency in Yemen killed dozens of al-Qaeda militants and 16 civilians on Sunday.
Agence France-Presse reports elite U.S. forces launched a dawn raid against suspected al-Qaeda fighters in the Yakla region of al-Bayda province. Local officials said 41 militants and 16 civilians — eight women and eight children — were killed as helicopters fired missiles and machine guns into local homes. Unmanned aerial drones were also possibly involved in the raid. Al Jazeera reports at least six homes were destroyed and a number of civilians remain trapped under the rubble. A provincial official said U.S. helicopters also attacked a school, a mosque and a medical facility being used by al-Qaeda fighters.
"The operation began at dawn when a drone bombed the home of [al-Qaeda leader] Abdulraouf al-Dhahab, and then helicopters flew up and unloaded paratroopers at his house and killed everyone inside," one resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Middle East Eye. "Next, the gunmen opened fire at the US soldiers who left the area, and the helicopters bombed the gunmen and a number of homes and led to a large number of casualties."
One of the children killed in the raid was the eight-year-old daughter of U.S.-born radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed by a U.S. drone strike in 2011. His son, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki — an innocent American 16-year-old from Denver, Colorado, was killed in another drone strike two weeks later while he dined at an outdoor restaurant in his ancestral homeland.
"She was hit with a bullet in her neck and suffered for two hours", the slain eight-year-old's grandfather told Middle East Eye. "Why kill children? This is the new administration, it's very sad, a big crime."
According to data from the London-based Bureau for Investigative Journalism, one of the world's foremost authorities on civilian casualties caused by U.S. drone strikes, the death toll from the first air strike of Trump's tenure killed as many children as the more than 150 previous strikes, dating back to 2002, combined.
The U.S. military said 14 militants and one U.S. service member — a Navy SEAL — were killed in Sunday's action. "Americans are saddened this morning with news that a life of a heroic service member has been taken in our fight against the evil of radical Islamic terrorism," President Donald Trump said in response to the first troop death of his presidency. Trump did not mention the first 16 civilians killed under his command.
Under Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, the U.S. dramatically increased drone strikes against suspected members of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), considered by Washington to be the most dangerous al-Qaeda branch. The U.S. has also backed a brutal Saudi-led military intervention in support of the internationally-recognized government of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi against Houthi rebels who seized control of the north of the country after insurgents forced longtime US-backed dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh from power in 2011. Saudi air strikes have killed thousands of Yemeni civilians, breeding resentment and hostility in one of the world's poorest countries toward not only the Saudi dictatorship but also its backers in Washington and London.
At the same time the United States is bombing Yemen and supporting Saudi bombing that has caused hundreds of thousands of Yemenis to flee for their lives, the Trump administration has placed Yemen on a list of seven mostly Muslim countries whose citizens are now temporarily banned from seeking refuge in or even traveling to the United States. No Yemeni citizen, or any citizen from any of the seven banned nations — all of which have been bombed by the United States — has ever carried out a fatal terrorist attack on U.S. soil. Neighboring Saudi Arabia, by contrast, is home to 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers, but is not included on Trump's banned list.Source: http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/world/16-civilians-killed-in-usa-air-strikes-against-al-qaeda-in-yemen/article/484744#ixzz4XFQQGt4q
The following news stories are from the anit-Saudi website Al-Motamar (http://www.almotamarenglish.net/):
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