World

The Horrors of Trump’s ‘Highly Successful’ SEAL Raid in Yemen

The Trump administration says its January 29 raid in Yemen was a huge success. But eyewitness accounts contradict the White House’s version of events.

The village of al Ghayil in Yemen where US Navy SEALs, attack helicopters and drones launched an operation on January 29, 2017. Credit: Iona Craig/The Intercept

The village of al Ghayil in Yemen where US Navy SEALs, attack helicopters and drones launched an operation on January 29, 2017. Credit: Iona Craig/The Intercept

On January 29, five-year-old Sinan al Ameri was asleep with his mother, his aunt and 12 other children in a one-room stone hut typical of poor rural villages in the highlands of Yemen. A little after 1 am, the women and children awoke to the sound of a gunfight erupting a few hundred feet away. Roughly 30 members of Navy SEAL Team 6 were storming the eastern hillside of the remote settlement.

According to residents of the village of al Ghayil, in Yemen’s al Bayda province, the first to die in the assault was 13-year-old Nasser al Dhahab. The house of his uncle, Sheikh Abdulraouf al Dhahab, and the building behind it, the home of 65-year-old Abdallah al Ameri and his son Mohammed al Ameri, 38, appeared to be the targets of the US forces, who called in air support as they were pinned down in a nearly hourlong firefight.

With the SEALs taking heavy fire on the lower slopes, attack helicopters swept over the hillside hamlet above. In what seemed to be blind panic, the gunships bombarded the entire village, striking more than a dozen buildings, razing stone dwellings where families slept, and wiping out more than 120 goats, sheep, and donkeys.

Read more at The Intercept.

  • John W. Evans Jr.

    In combat some times S— happens. It even happens to SEALS. Lone survivor etc. Lt Col USMCR Ret.