TIES THAT BIND

Deadly Yemen Raid That Killed American Girl ‘Approved by Trump’

President Donald Trump personally approved the U.S. raid in Yemen that reportedly left two Americans dead—a Navy SEAL and an 8-year-old girl. The Guardian reported Wednesday that U.S. military sources confirmed Trump’s ties to the raid, which was launched to obtain intelligence on operations by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and during which 14 people died. It is the subject of a preliminary inquiry to discover whether the claims about civilian deaths merit a full investigation. According to the Guardian, planning for the operation began “months before” it happened, but was “not previously approved” until after the inauguration. The young girl, Nawar al-Awlaki, was the daughter of the late, U.S.-born al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki, who U.S. forces killed in Yemen in 2011. Several weeks after he was killed, an American drone killed al-Awlaki’s 16-year-old son, Abdulrahman Anwar al-Awlaki, during a strike meant for a suspected al Qaeda militant.