The White House has said a raid targeting an al-Qaeda base in Yemen that reportedly caused several civilian casualties was a calculated offensive on Thursday.
Press Secretary Sean Spicer described it as a “very thought-out process”, with the raid being the first such military operation approved by U.S. President Donald Trump.
At least 23 civilians were killed during the raid in the Yakla district on Saturday, according to human rights group Reprieve. This includes 10 children.
One of the alleged casualties was the eight-year-old daughter of former militant Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed in an airstrike by the United States in 2011.
This was the same raid that killed one U.S. commando, and injured others. The raid was conducted by U.S. SEAL team six.
Yemen is one of the blocked countries under Mr. Trump’s travel ban.
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By Eli Ridder