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

•, 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.