US troops injured in Yemen raid

US troops injured in Yemen raid
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Multiple U.S. troops were injured in a firefight during a raid on a compound associated with al Qaeda in Yemen, according to a Pentagon spokesman.

Capt. Jeff Davis said the injuries did not require a medical evacuation, but he declined to describe the nature of the injuries or detail how many troops were injured.

U.S. Central Command said in a statement released earlier that the Navy's SEAL Team 6 killed at least seven al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) fighters during the raid, which took place in Marib province early Tuesday morning local time.

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“This is the first time we’ve conducted an operation into Marib Governorate and this marks the deepest we have ever gone into Yemen to fight AQAP,” Davis said.

He added that the intent of the raid was to “disrupt AQAP operations.”

“AQAP has significant amounts of American blood on its hands,” Davis said.

The organization “has used the ungoverned spaces in Yemen to plot, direct and inspire terrorist attacks,” he added, including on the U.S. embassy in Yemen in 2008.

Tuesday's raid is the first such operation 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.

Following the earlier raid, Trump was criticized when he blamed “the generals” for having “lost” Navy SEAL Ryan Owens.