They had loads
of intel. Yet they were detected. By a barking dog.
They screwed up – and did not abort. Total panic
obviously ensued and then – a la Iraq during the
occupation - they shot everyone in sight and bombed
the shit out of every nearby building.
This was not a “reinforced al-Qaeda base”, as spun.
It was a few nondescript houses in a small, rural
tribal village, inhabited by a few guys who were
hired by the Saudis as anti-Houthi fighters. Yemen
is a clannish maze in perpetual motion. Sometimes
men ally with local AQAP outfits which also happen
to be “supported” by the Saudis. But that does not
mean these people are necessarily “al-Qaeda”.
Yemeni sources assure as many as 57 Yemenis were
killed - including 8 women and 8 children, and
including the 8-year-old girl daughter of Anwar al-Awlaki,
shot in the neck by a SEAL.
officially declared the op a “success”. He had to.
But it was a monster f**k up.
because the key target - Qasim al-Raymi, the 3rd
most dangerous terrorist in the world according to
the USG – survived, escaped, was tipped off, or all
of the above.
released the requisite, subsequent taunting audio,
saying, "The fool of the White House got slapped at
the beginning of his road in your lands."
“inherited” the raid from the Obama administration.
Months and months of planning and accumulated intel.
Mad Dog Mattis, JCS supremo Dunford and “Iran on
notice” Flynn all gave the raid the green light.
Trump followed their advice. They should have known