Central Command: US raid in Yemen kills 7 militants

Central Command: US raid in Yemen kills 7 militants
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The Navy's SEAL Team 6 killed seven al Qaeda militants on Tuesday during a raid in Yemen, U.S. Central Command said. 

The raid targeted a compound in Yemen's Marib Governorate that is associated with al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the military said, adding that a combination of small arms and airstrikes was used.

It is the first such raid in the country since a mission in late January left one Navy SEAL dead and three others wounded. As many as 25 civilians were also killed in that raid, the first ordered by President Trump. 

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Yemen has been embroiled in civil war since 2015. Central Command said that AQAP has taken advantage of the chaos and ungoverned areas to direct terrorist attacks against the U.S. 

Since taking office, Trump has expanded which targets U.S. forces can attack without gaining prior approval from the White House. The latest raid was conducted with the support of the Yemeni government, according to Central Command.

The raids are intended to provide the U.S. with key insights into al Qaeda's capabilities, disposition and intentions, the military said.