Daily Mail reports that Chief Special Warfare Operator William “Ryan” Owens, a 36-year-old from Peoria, Illinois, was the first known US combat casualty since Trump took office less than two weeks ago.
Donald Trump, the US President has shared a photo of himself and others in a moment of prayer Tuesday night after nominating Judge Neil Gorsuch as the US Supreme Court Judge.
Meanwhile, Trump on Wednesday, February 1, assumed the somber duties of commander in chief, making an unannounced trip to honor the returning remains of a U.S. Navy SEAL killed in a weekend raid in Yemen.
More than half a dozen militant suspects were also killed in the raid on an al-Qaida compound and three other U.S. service members were wounded.
More than a dozen civilians were also killed in the operation, including the 8-year-old daughter of Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical cleric and US citizen who was targeted and killed by a drone strike in 2011.
After returning to the White House, Trump commented on the trip at the swearing-in of Rex Tillerson as secretary of state.
“I just returned from an amazing visit with a great, great family at Dover,” Trump said. “It is something very sad, very beautiful. Ryan, a great man.”
When Trump got word of the results of the mission, he issued a statement, saying, “Americans are saddened this morning with news that a life of a heroic service member has been taken in our fight against the evil of radical Islamic terrorism.
My deepest thoughts and humblest prayers are with the family of this fallen service member.”
The plans for the raid began before Trump was inaugurated; Trump later authorized the raid, according to a U.S. defense official.
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