US military officials: Trump-ordered raid in Yemen that killed US Navy SEAL was approved ‘without sufficient intelligence’ – Business Insider


Trump approved his first covert counterterrorism raid without sufficient intelligence, ground support or adequate backup preparations, military officials say.

Source: US military officials: Trump-ordered raid in Yemen that killed US Navy SEAL was approved ‘without sufficient intelligence’ – Business Insider

One of the three U.S. officials said on-the-ground surveillance of the compound was “minimal, at best.”

“The decision was made … to leave it to the incoming administration, partly in the hope that more and better intelligence could be collected,” that official said.

As Sunday’s firefight intensified, the raiders called in Marine helicopter gunships and Harrier jump jets, and then two MV-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing aircraft to extract the SEALs.

One of the two suffered engine failure, two of the officials said, and hit the ground so hard that two crew members were injured, and one of the Marine jets had to launch a precision-guided bomb to destroy it. (Read more. Click above.)

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