SANAA, Yemen(AP )
The incursion left nearly 30 people dead, among them women and children, according to an official of Al-Qaeda, and a news service linked with the terrorist group. One of the minors killed was Nora, an eight-year old daughter of Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical cleric, yemeni-american killed in an american air strike in Yemen in 2011, according to the girl’s grandfather.
Nasser al-Awlaki, told The Associated Press that Nora was visiting her mother when it happened, the surprise attack before dawn on the Sunday.
The U.s. Central Command said in a press release that a fourth u.s. military was wounded by a “forced landing” in a nearby place. The aircraft could not take off after, and was “destroyed intentionally.”
He added that were killed in the attack, several militants of the branch of Al-Qaeda in Yemen, formally known as “Al Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula”, and that the u.s. military personnel who participated in the raid they took over of “information that is likely to provide a glimpse into the planning of future terrorist plots”.
A command of the u.s. defense said the attack was approved by Trump. President Barack Obama was informed of the attack before leaving office on January 20, but for operational reasons was not ready to be executed before his departure, according to the official, who was not authorized to give more details of the announced by the Pentagon, and who asked not to be identified.
Officials and tribal leaders yemenis said that the attacks on the united States occurred at dawn on Sunday in the central province of yemen Bayda and that caused the death of three Al-Qaeda leaders: Abdul-Raouf al-Dhahab, Sultan al-Dhahab and Seif al-Nims.
The family al-Dhahab is considered an ally of Al-Qaeda, according to security forces, is concentrated in the province of Bayda. A third member of the clan, Tarek al-Dhahab, was killed in a us attack with a drone several years ago.
In the confrontation, american soldiers killed or wounded about two dozen men, including some saudi arabians, present in the area, added the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to report to reporters.