iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — U.S. military forces conducted a ground raid in Yemen early Tuesday morning, targeting a known al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) compound, according to a U.S. military spokesman.
According to Colonel John Thomas, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command, U.S. military forces conducted a raid in the early hours of May 23 local time on a known AQAP compound in Marib Governorate in central Yemen.
Thomas said the mission was intended as a site exploitation mission to gather more information about AQAP.
The U.S. forces encountered some resistance and a small number of AQAP militants were killed in the raid. Thomas said there were no reports of civilian casualties or any U.S. military casualties in the raid.
The raid targeted a known AQAP compound but included “focused actions over a fairly large area” that were miles from each other said Thomas. They included pre-planned coordinated airstrikes before the arrival of the ground forces.
The spokesman said that the nighttime mission was conducted “in full coordination with Arab partners in the area “and was conducted under the broader authorities given to U.S. military commanders by the Trump administration. The mission did not require presidential authorization.
Social media reports from local residents provided the first indication of possible U.S. military activity in the area of central Yemen.
This was the U.S. military’s first ground operation in Marib Province.
On January 28, Navy SEAL’s conducted a similar site exploitation raid on an AQAP compound in a neighboring province that resulted in the death of Senior Chief Naval Warfare Operator William “Ryan” Owens and two dozen civilians.
That raid required airstrikes to repel the heavy resistance the SEALS encountered. It also resulted in the destruction of a Marine MV-22 Osprey aircraft that had experienced a hard landing, and left several U.S. military personnel injured.
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