U.S. General: No Incompetence, Bad Judgment Found in Yemen Raid


Army Gen. Joseph Votel, the commander of U.S. Central Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that he conducted an “exhaustive” after-action review to understand exactly what happened on the January 28 raid, during which a U.S. Navy SEAL was killed and a $70 million aircraft was destroyed.

“I am looking for indicators of incompetence or poor decision-making or bad judgment. … So what I can tell you is that we did an exhaustive after-action review on this,” he said.

“It went down to a level including people who were on the specific objective. As a result of that, I was satisfied that none of those indicators that I identified to you were present,” he said.

The ground raid to collect intelligence on Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the first ordered under the Trump administration, has become the source of significant controversy.

Critics of the Trump administration have called the raid “botched,” claiming it had gone off track from the start. Navy SEAL Senior Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens was killed in the raid and three others injured. In addition, a V-22 Osprey was destroyed.


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