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Trump Administration Is Sued by ACLU for Files on Botched SEAL Raid in Yemen

• https://theintercept.com, Alex Emmons

When the residents of al Ghayil village in central Yemen heard gunfire the night of January 29, they returned fire, thinking that they were under attack by a local party in Yemen's civil war. U.S. forces then strafed the village with helicopter gunfire, killing villagers, damaging a dozen buildings, and wiping out the village's livestock.

The raid, which Trump reportedly authorized over dinner, also resulted in the death of a Navy Seal, William "Ryan" Owens, and the destruction of a $70 million Osprey helicopter. The raid did not kill its intended target — a senior Al Qaeda leader — and villagers denied that Al Qaeda had a presence in the village.

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