The Fallout of The US Raid in Yemen This Weekend

If there is one thing that is becoming self evident it is that Trump is a “man of his word,” he has even repeated this exact sentiment about himself multiple times since assuming the US Presidency – including again today whilst talking about American jobs, taxes and tariffs. While I praised Trump for being true to his word yesterday, I am sick to my stomach to do it today – here’s why.

Quoting the man himself, Trump has said on many different occasions that “we are going to kill the terrorists and their families” – if he was ever elected President. If the video below is not proof enough for you, here is a quick YouTube search where you can find Trump re-affirming these exact sentiments/words on countless other occasions:

In one of the first military operations approved by the Trump administration, on January 29, 2017, the first US soldier stationed in Yemen lost their life and 3 others were critically wounded. The mission was carried out in hopes of gathering intelligence by raiding a longstanding Yemeni stronghold – allegedly controlled by Al-Qaeda terrorists. According to reports, around 32 enemy combatants were killed by US Special Forces in the assault.

It was not until a few days later that the collateral fallout from this mission started to become public knowledge, for example the fact that several ‘non-combative’ Yemeni civilians also lost their lives during the operation – 23 to be exact.

Here is the official statement from US Central Command regarding the loss of life of civilians during this weekends operation in Yemen: “A team designated by the operational task force commander has concluded that civilian noncombatants likely were killed in the midst of a firefight during a Jan. 29 raid in Yemen, and that casualties may include children, U.S. Central Command officials said last night.

Full Report:

A few hours after that announcement, other reports from human rights organizations on the ground in Yemen also started to come out – painting a much gruesome picture of the situation.  According to the rights group Reprieve, pregnant women and infants were among the 23 non-combatants killed in this US operation.

Remember, Trump has repeatedly stated his intentions to “kill terrorists and their families.” This raid happened to take place on an Al-Qaeda stronghold, perhaps the most well known terrorist organization in the world and the women/children who lived there – the terrorists families – were also killed.

How can you independently look at this situation and not conclude that Trump is simply being a man of his word? He said he was going to do this exact sort of thing for over a year now  – did none of you take him seriously?

But if this is indeed true and Trump has always meant everything he has ever said on the campaign trail, what else can we look forward to from our Commander in Chief?  I’ll give you a hint, buckle up @Iraq

Oh and btw, also breaking as of today 2/2/2017, former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson was just confirmed to take office and officially become the next US Secretary of State. I am sure that is just a “coincidence” and completely unrelated to what Trump had to say in the clip above – lol

What were these US soldiers fighting for in Yemen?

US soldiers are currently stationed in Yemen to fight on behalf of Saudi Arabia, which posses to lose a lot of income/oil revenue if Iranian backed rebels were to gain control of the country.

As explained in a Wikileaks release entitled The Yemen Files,“Yemen is of significant strategic interest as Yemen controls a narrow choke point to the Red Sea and the Suez Canal through which 11% of the world’s petroleum passes each day. In addition Yemen borders Saudi Arabia (to the north) and Oman (to the east) and has access to the Arabian Sea through which another 20% of the world’s petroleum passes from the Strait of Homuz (including the oil of Saudi Arabia and Iran). Saudi Arabia seeks to control a port in Yemen to avoid the potential constriction of its oil shipments by Iran along the Straight of Homuz or by countries which can control its other oil shipment path along the Red Sea.

The Yemen Files are a collection of over 500 documents from the United States embassy in Sana’a, Yemen. Comprising of over 200 emails and 300 PDF’s” which allegedly provide “evidence of the US arming, training and funding of Yemeni forces in the years building up to the War.

The Yemen Files Archive:

I have briefly covered the War in Yemen for this site since August, you can read more about the country/situation here:

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