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US Attack 'Against Al Qaeda' in Yemen, 'They Killed Anyone in Sight'

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By Moon of Alabama  /  Moon of Alabama  /  GlobalResearch.ca

The Fake Outrage About Trump piece included a part on a U.S. special force attack in Yemen that had happened just hours before:

That early description holds up well against recent reporting by NBC, the Washington Post and the New York Times. The incident happened as described.

But an open question is still why the raid happen. The military and the administration claim it was to get intelligence, laptops, hard-drives and the like. But that is not a good explanation for an elaborate raid that needed lots of resources and backup. We had noted that “Yemeni sources say that at least two men were abducted by the U.S. military.” The U.S. Central Command claims that no prisoners were taken only intelligence material. But a few days ago it also claimed that no civilians were hurt which it now admits indeed happened. My gut tells me that we will hear more on this issue.

There are also some weir conspiracy theories around the raid.

Marcy Wheeler aka Emptywheel headlined: Trump Fulfills Another Campaign Promise: Kills 8-Year Old American Girl and asked “Was that the point?”

That is crazy and impossible theory. Trump had been in office for less than ten days. The “raid” included SEAL Team 6 forces, UAE special forces, attack helicopters, U.S. Marine MV-22 tiltrotor planes, various drones and intelligence assets, a ship off the coast that launched Harrier jets and who knows what else. An organization like the U.S. military can not possibly vet, arrange and coordinated such a collection of different units and assets without several weeks of intense preparations. It is impossible that Trump ordered this raid up within very few days and just to kill some girl. Also – the military hierarchy would have very likely rejected such an order.

One can file Marcy’s piece next to the dissection about the Liberals On the Edge of a Nervous Breakdown. Note: A loudmouth ruling in the White House does not make the sky fall down.

Another crazy piece was published by Reuters today:

On wonders who these three “U.S. military officials” are who try to back-stab Trump and his advisors. The raiders surely had prior and current intelligence, they surely had enough forces on the ground and in the air. Lots of backup actually did come in when needed.

The “three military officials” are also lying about the “reinforced al-Qaeda base”. The pictures show a few normal houses in a small tribal village. All reports from Yemen speak of a few local families of which men were hired by the Saudis as anti-Houthi fighters. Such may at times align with local al-Qaeda groups who are also supported by the Saudis but that does not make them al-Qaeda terrorists.

The attack in Yemen must have been planned for months under the Obama administration for reason we likely do not yet know. It was then delayed and handed over “ready to go” to the Trump administration. That was my best guess days ago and it is also what the NYT now reports:

The “U.S. military officials” Reuters quotes must known this. Why do they try to plant their false story and thereby blame not only Trump but also Mattis, Dunford and Flynn – (former) generals who agreed on the mission? Is there some nonsense ongoing like an amateurish “military coup” attempt against Trump that Rosa Books fantasizes about?

The military attack in Yemen was a bad idea. Killing some local Yemenis who work the U.S. “ally” Saudi Arabia for what? To be hated by their families, clansmen and tribal allies for the next decades?

Then there is the operational failure. According to the NYT and others the SEALs were detected early on, recognized they had been detected and still proceeded. The surprise effect was gone and they ran into an ambush. The operation should have been stopped as soon as they noticed that it was not going as planned. They screwed up just as their command screwed up -  up to the strategic level of Obama and Trump.

Just think about the background fight between the local “allies” in the war on Yemen. From my comment at Mary’s site:

Unless there is a really big secret about it yet to unveil, the raid was planned and done for little effect and more out of (Obama typical) pettiness than out of sound strategic necessity. That Trump agree to it was a stupid mistake he by now probably regrets.

That all can and should be criticized. But that does not require unfounded conspiracy theories about some spontaneous raid Trump ordered out of malice or incompetence.

There are plenty of reasons to attack him for what he does. Inventing “bad Trump” stories will only help him along.

The original source of this article is Moon of Alabama
Copyright © Moon of AlabamaMoon of Alabama, 2017

http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-u-s-attack-against-al-qaeda-in-yemen-they-killed-anyone-in-sight/5572594 


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    • Canderson

      This could be Trump’s “bay of pigs” (inherited). Is he continuing the neocon agenda? Cause al qaida is just the name of the database (also meaning toilet) of CIA hired mercenaries. Mercenaries do whatever they are paid to do, they got no sides, no morals, the opposite of the way of the warrior, goons, thugs they are.

    • Canderson

      Saudi Arabia is out of Oil, Qatar is out of Oil.
      Qatar horizontal drilled into Iraqi Oil, Saudi Arabia wants to conquer Yemen because of its Oil.

    • Boo

      Great article, couldn’t stop reading it if my life depended on it. Looking forward to any follow up you may acquire on it in the up and coming days.

    • holeshot

      Only one way to win, take them ALL out ! Take out the women and they can’t bear any more Jihadis and take out the little ones so they will never become big ones. Didn’t bother us at Dresden, Hiroshima, or Nagasaki, so why should it bother us now. The objective of war is to cause so much death and destruction that your enemy loses his will to fight and gives up. If you don’t kill them all you will fight them forever. If you are not going to fight to win then give up and go home like we did in Korea and Vietnam.

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