The Outcome Report On Trump’s Yemen Raid Is In – Prepare To Get Really Angry

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NBC News has reported that the Navy SEAL raid in Yemen last week failed to accomplish its primary goal of killing or capturing terrorist leader Qassim al-Rimi.

Al-Rimi is the leader of Al-Qaeda forces in Yemen, the third most wanted terrorist in the world, and  a master recruiter.

One SEAL, 14 Al-Qaeda fighters, and several civilians, including an 8-year old girl who was an American citizen, were killed the raid. However, al-Rimi remains at large and even issued a video mocking Trump for the failed raid.

Al-Rimi found himself on the list of the America’s most wanted terrorists in 2015 after taking over Al-Qaeda’s operations in Yemen.

On Sunday, al-Rimi released an audio message of himself mocking Trump and U.S. officials for their failure. Military sources say the recording is authentic.

‘The fool of the White House got slapped at the beginning of his road in your lands.’

Reports are unclear as to whether al-Rimi was even present at the al-Qaeda compound during the raid. It’s possible he fled during the attack, was warned in advance, or was simply away from the area.

Prior to these reports, the White House had described the Yemen raid as “a successful operation by all standards.” However, this new information makes it clear that the raid was hardly a success “by all standards,” since the stated objective was unfulfilled. NBC reached out to the White House and the Pentagon, but neither would issue any comments regarding the raid.

NBC News analyst Juan Zarate, who served as a national security adviser to George W. Bush, said that the raid might have been successful in smaller ways even if it failed to capture or kill al-Rimi.

‘Certainly, if the goal is to capture the leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, that didn’t happen. It wasn’t successful in that regard.

‘On the other hand, a number of al Qaeda leaders were killed and al Qaeda was disrupted, at least in terms of that cell. They understand that the U.S. is willing to lean forward, and perhaps they’re being deterred or disrupted in their activities.

‘And we may have collected incredibly valuable intelligence that will lead to further disruptions and further counterterrorism activities down the road.’

Despite Zarate’s comments, it should be noted that the prospect of capturing or killing al-Rimi was the deciding factor in approving the mission. Defense Secretary James Mattis reportedly told Trump that al-Rimi’s capture would be a “game changer.”

NBC also reports that, as part of their pitch to get Trump to approve the operation, they told him that they doubted that the Obama administration would have been bold enough to approve the mission.

For more information, you can watch NBC’s report below:

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