Donald Trump laments over the death of the US Navy SEAL killed in Yemen under his command

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Over the weekend, a United States commando was killed during a raid in Yemen against Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. The death marks the first combat death under President Trump's command and the world isn't quite sure how to take the news just yet. 

However, despite the death of the commando, President Trump still considers the raid a success because 14 AQAP members were killed and important intelligence that will likely provide insight into the planning of future terror plots was captured

“In a successful raid against Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) headquarters, brave U.S. forces were instrumental in killing an estimated 14 AQAP members and capturing important intelligence that will assist the U.S. in preventing terrorism against its citizens and people around the world,” Trump said, according to CNN.

“Americans are saddened this morning with news that a life of a heroic service member has been taken in our fight against the evil of radical Islamic terrorism,” he added. “The sacrifices made by the men and women of our armed forces, and the families they leave behind, are the backbone of the liberty we hold so dear as Americans, united in our pursuit of a safer nation and a freer world.”

“My deepest thoughts and humblest prayers are with the family of this fallen service member. I also pray for a quick and complete recovery for the brave service members who sustained injuries,” the president went on to say.

According to U.S. defense officials, Trump authorized the raid.

Yemeni security and tribal officials stated that the raid in Yemen’s central Bayda province killed three senior al-Qaida leaders: Abdul-Raouf al-Dhahab, Sultan al-Dhahab, and Seif al-Nims.

A news service linked to al-Qaida in Yemen likened the raid to a “massacre against Muslims” and said U.S. warplanes were first seen in the sky above the area at 9 p.m. Saturday and that the raid began at 2 a.m. on Sunday, with 16 missiles hitting three houses near Yakla village in Radaa district.

The military also said that no civilians were killed as a result of the attack, according to CNN. However, AQAP officials disputed that and sent photos of what appeared to be dead children to a reporter with the Associated Press located in Cairo, Egypt.

The name of the killed U.S. serviceman has yet to be released.

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