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  • U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks after attending a swearing-in ceremony for Defense Secretary in Washington, U.S., Jan. 27, 2017.

    U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks after attending a swearing-in ceremony for Defense Secretary in Washington, U.S., Jan. 27, 2017. | Photo: Reuters

Sunday's raid was the first operation authorized by President Donald Trump as commander in chief.

The U.S. military said on Wednesday it was looking into whether more civilians were killed in a raid on al-Qaida in Yemen on the weekend. U.S. Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens was killed in the raid on a branch of al-Qaida in al Bayda province, which the Pentagon said also killed 14 militants. However, medics at the scene said about 30 people, including 10 women and children, were killed.

U.S. Central Command said in a statement that an investigating team had "concluded regrettably that civilian non-combatants were likely killed" during Sunday's raid. It said children may have been among the casualties.

Central Command said its assessment "seeks to determine if there were any still-undetected civilian casualties in the ferocious firefight."

U.S. military officials told Reuters that Trump approved his first covert counterterrorism operation without sufficient intelligence, ground support or adequate backup preparations. 

As a result, three officials said, the attacking SEAL team found itself dropping onto a reinforced al-Qaida base defended by landmines, snipers and a larger than expected contingent of heavily armed Islamist extremists.


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