U.S. special operations forces gathered valuable intelligence on the Al-Qaeda affiliate in Yemen in a raid last month.
According to a senior U.S. official, speaking Tuesday, the valuable intelligence included data on explosives which the Al-Qaeda terrorist are manufacturing and types of they are developing.
President Donald Trump, in a speech to a joint session of Congress, sought to rebut the notion the raid didn’t yield valuable information assured to him by Defense Secretary James Mattis.
During the raid, an American and Chief Special Warfare Officer William “Ryan” Owens was among those killed.
Six American soldiers were also wounded and a military aircraft had to be destroyed after a hard landing. The assault took place days after Trump’s inauguration.
Trump in his speech and quoting Mattis noted that Ryan was a part of a highly successful raid that generated large amounts of vital intelligence that will lead to many more victories in the future against Al-Qaeda.
Among the range of gained intelligence includes information on Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s training techniques and targeting priorities.
The raid saw 14 Islamists militants and several civilians being killed.