Unconfirmed photograph showing wreckage of the US MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, which suffered a "hard landing" during a "dawn raid against Al-Qaeda" in al-Bayda, central Yemen, 28th January 2017
US government rhetoric against Iran has lately hit levels not seen since the Bush administration, and a string of events over the last couple of weeks in and around Yemen appears to be the reason for it. US drone strikes and airstrikes against targets in Yemen took place before, during and after Trump's inauguration, but it was the US Special Forces (Navy Seals 6) raid in central Yemen on January 28th
that got the US media's attention.
Two days after Trump's inauguration, US drones "killed five Al-Qaeda operatives
" in central Yemen. This operation took place without Trump's knowledge (and thus without his approval) because his predecessor freed the Pentagon from executive oversight when it comes to drone warfare
. The US war machine is, in a sense, sentient. It generally operates without any official leadership, decision-making or input from 'the civilian government'
. The same goes for the multiple drone strikes conducted in 'ISIS-occupied' Syria and Iraq over the course of Trump's inauguration and first days in office.
So while most people might assume that all such operations would cease during the few days between the removal of the old administration and the institution of the new, yet that is not what happens, which is pretty clear evidence that US foreign policy operates independently of the White House.
Seals' Dawn Raid in Central Yemen
But then came something that apparently did
involve Trump. On Sunday January 29th, US Central Command (CENTCOM) issued an incredible press release
, which stated that "one US service member was killed and four more injured
" during a counter-terror "raid against al-Qa'ida-in-the-Arabian-Peninsula (AQAP) in Yemen on January 28
." The operation, they said, killed an estimated "14 AQAP members and the capture of information that will likely provide insight into the planning of future terror plots
." Oh, and a US MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft used in the operation "experienced a hard landing
," so it had to be "intentionally destroyed in place
[by US Marine jets