The Pentagon indicated a Saturday raid on an al-Qaida camp in Yemen yielded significant intelligence that could stop foreign terrorist plots, in a Monday statement.
The raid was carried out by U.S. Navy SEAL Team 6, and resulted in the death of one operator along with four others wounded. Pentagon Spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters Monday that the raid will “gain a deeper insight into the group’s planning to help prevent terrorist attacks against innocent civilians in the United States.”
Al-Qaida’s branch in Yemen is one of its deadliest affiliates, and has tried to execute several advanced terror plots against the U.S. and its allies. The group also published a propaganda magazine, which included an explosives manual that was used by Boston bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Davis continued that the operation was specifically tailored too “to enable us to gather the information we needed to be able to map out this group better, and to prevent future foreign terrorist attacks.” Davis also indicated several women were killed in the raid — they were armed enemy combatants.
Reports also indicate that former al-Qaida leader Anwar Awalki’s daughter was also killed in the raid. Awalki was a U.S. citizen who was killed in a drone strike in 2011. Even in death, his propaganda videos make him one of the most prolific radical Islamic preachers today.
“Al Qaeda is probably stronger in Yemen than in any other country. The U.S. has mounted in intense effort for the past three years from ship, air and drone to go after a reconstituting core al Qaeda organization in Yemen,” a U.S. official told NBCNews after the raid.
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