National Security

Report: Yemen Withdraws Permission for Ground Raids

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The first military raid authorized by Trump was such a disaster, the country in which the raid took place has told us to get out.

According to officials who spoke off the record to the New York Times, Yemen has withdraw permission to encroach on their territory.

Grisly photographs of children apparently killed in the crossfire of a 50-minute firefight during the raid caused outrage in Yemen. A member of the Navy’s SEAL Team 6, Chief Petty Officer William Owens, was also killed in the operation. [...]

It was unclear if Yemen’s decision to halt the ground attacks was also influenced by Mr. Trump’s inclusion of the country on his list of nations from which he wants to temporarily suspend all immigration, an executive order that is now being challenged in the federal courts.

While ground insertions will no longer be permitted, American drones will still be allowed to conduct missions over Yemen.

The Trump regime continues to insist the operation was a success, but we now know the raid missed one of its primary targets. Senator John McCain also described the operation as a "failure" after a classified briefing on the operation offered to members of Congress yesterday.

There appears to be a big gap between what really happened and what the White House says happened. There even seems to be a gap between what military officials say and what the White House says. The former seems more credible to me because there's still accountability in the ranks of the military even if there's no accountability in the White House.

  • Christopher Foxx

    There appears to be a big gap between what really happened and what the White House says happened.

    As is the case on any subject you care to name.

  • Badgerite

    The shame of this is that it seemed to me that real progress was being made by the west in quelling recruitment to terrorist causes in the Islamic world. Certainly the fact that the US was not engaging in a military occupation of a major Muslim nation in the Middle East helped. But this regime is a boon to Islamic terrorists. All the progress that has been made is about to be squandered by a group of people whose word their own citizens can’t even trust.

  • Draxiar

    I’d like to offer a very sarcastic thanks to trump for offering comfort to the enemy. I can’t help but want bad things to happen to that fucking creature.

  • Aynwrong

    For eight years our troops were in one very particular sense, “safe.” Safe from the staggering incompetence that now endangers them on a daily basis and will for the next four years. Safe from being exploited as pawns by a blustering fool looking to prove something, anything to the world.

    • Kitty Smith

      Why would they feel shame? They got what they wanted.

      • Scopedog

        Yep. And the Stein voters still think that Hillary would have been worse.

  • muselet

    The US wants al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula put out of business and Yemen wants the group out of its territory.

    Those things haven’t changed, but because the raid on the group was bungled so badly, the Yemeni government won’t let the US conduct any more ground operations for the foreseeable future. I would expect a whole lot of countries in the region will make similar decisions in the coming weeks and months.

    Yet the Trump administration insists the raid was a success.

    We can’t afford many more successes like this one.

    –alopecia

    • Groundloop

      “We’re gonna win so much, you may even get tired of winning”.

      “I will be so good at the military, your head will spin”.

      My head is spinning, though not for the reason Trump said, and I’m still waiting for the winning to start.

      • Draxiar

        Indeed.

      • ninjaf

        If this is what winning looks like, I would hate to see failure.