“The fool of the White House got slapped at the beginning of his road in your lands,” Qassim al-Rimi said in a message to his followers over the weekend, according to the NBC News.
CNN and NBC both reported that one of the goals of the mission was to capture or kill al-Rimi, the leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and a top terrorist recruiter.
However, U.S. Central Command told CNN that the goal of the mission was to gather intelligence and that they had no hard evidence indicating al-Rimi would be there.
Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens of SEAL Team 6 was killed in the raid, as were several civilians including an 8-year-old girl. NBC News reports that at least 14 al Qaeda fighters were also killed in the raid.
The U.S. State Department’s “Rewards for Justice” program lists a $5 million bounty for al-Rimi, who it says is the senior military commander for al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
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