One U.S. service member was killed and three others wounded in a raid against al-Qaeda militants in Yemen, the first such operation ordered by President Trump.
The raid resulted in the deaths of 14 militants and the capture of critical intelligence, the U.S. Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East, said Sunday in a statement.
A U.S. military aircraft involved in Saturday’s raid experienced a “hard landing” and had to be destroyed to avoid having it fall into enemy hands. The incident resulted in additional injuries, according to Central Command.
“This is one in a series of aggressive moves against terrorist planners in Yemen and worldwide,” the statement said. “Similar operations have produced intelligence on al-Qaeda logistics, recruiting and financing efforts.”
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is considered one of the most deadly branches of the terrorist organization. The group has been able to get a stronger foothold in Yemen after the country descended into civil war three years ago.