White House mourned the death of a Commando who was killed in the line of duty in an operation conducted on Al-Qaeda in Yemen marking the first combat death under President Trump.
An elite U.S Commando was killed and three others wounded during a counterterrorism raid targeting Al-Qaeda operatives’ Yemeni branch on Sunday.
President had approved the military operation in which 30 Al-Qaeda operatives were reportedly killed.
According to U.S military source, the Commandos were part of the Team 6, which conducted the early morning attack in a rural part of Yemen’s Bayda Province.
The operation saw three purported Al-Qaeda leaders reportedly killed. Trump was quoted saying the mission was successful yet regretted it cost an American life.
“Americans are saddened this morning with the news that a life of a heroic service member has been taken in our fight against the evil of radical Islamic terrorism,” Trump said in a statement. “The sacrifices made by the men and women of our armed forces, and the families they leave behind, are the backbone of the liberty we hold so dear as Americans, united in our pursuit of a safe nation and freer world.”
“My deepest thoughts and humblest prayers are with the family of this fallen service member,” he added. “I also pray for a quick and complete recovery for the brave service members who sustained injuries.”
Vice President Pence also released a statement on Sunday to honor the fallen soldier.