A U.S. ground raid against al-Qa’ida in Yemen on Jan. 28, 2017 resulted in the death of a service member and wounding of four more in two different instances, according to a release from U.S. Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa.
But the operation did resulted in an estimated 14 al-Qa’ida members being killed and the gathering of information and insight into possible, future terror attacks.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our elite servicemembers,” said Commander of U.S. Central Command Gen. Joseph Votel. “The sacrifices are very profound in our fight against terrorists who threaten innocent peoples across the globe.”
Three U.S. service members were hurt during the raid and another was injured during the landing of an aircraft.
The release stated that the “military aircraft assisting in the operation experienced a hard landing at a nearby location, resulting in an additional U.S. injury.”
The military intentionally destroyed the plane where it landed after it was determined it could not fly.
The name of the service member killed in action is being withheld pending next of kin notification.