WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2017 —
A U.S. service member was killed and three others were wounded during a raid by U.S. forces in Yemen today that killed an estimated 14 al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula terrorists, U.S. Central Command officials said in a news release.
The raid is one in a series of aggressive moves against terrorist planners in Yemen and worldwide,” officials said, adding that similar operations have produced intelligence on al-Qaida logistics, recruiting and financing efforts. This raid captured information that likely will provide insight into the planning of future terror plots, officials added.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our elite service members,” Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel, Centcom commander, said. “The sacrifices are very profound in our fight against terrorists who threaten innocent peoples across the globe.”
The names of the deceased and wounded service members are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
“The sacrifices made by the men and women of our armed forces, and the families they leave behind, are the backbone of the liberty we hold so dear as Americans, united in our pursuit of a safer nation and a freer world,” President Donald J. Trump said in a statement. “My deepest thoughts and humblest prayers are with the family of this fallen service member. I also pray for a quick and complete recovery for the brave service members who sustained injuries.”