Were civilians killed in Yeman raid?

If wearing civilian clothes means you’re a civilian then I suppose they were all civilians.

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The U.S. military said on Wednesday it was looking into whether more civilians were killed in a raid on al Qaeda in Yemen on the weekend, in the first operation authorized by President Donald Trump as commander in chief.

U.S. Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens was killed in the raid on a branch of al Qaeda, also known as AQAP, in al Bayda province, which the Pentagon said also killed 14 militants. However, medics at the scene said about 30 people, including 10 women and children, were killed.

U.S. Central Command said in a statement that an investigating team had "concluded regrettably that civilian non-combatants were likely killed" during Sunday’s raid. It said children may have been among the casualties.

Why? Because these A**holes surround themselves with their women and their never ending number of offspring.

Some of the women were firing at the U.S. force, Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis told reporters.

Sorry, it’s not about civilians, they are not innocent. The Raid was not botched as some media outlets are portraying it. In fact it appears a large amount of very valuable intelligence has been found at the raid site. 

This is the environment we are fighting in and have been for over 15 years. We are not just fighting the terrorist but the media and dishonest reporting.

#Raid, #Yeman, #Terrorist, #civilians, #dishonest media

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/02/trump-approved-yemen-raid-five-days-after-inauguration

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-commando-idUSKBN15G5RX

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/us-military-probing-more-possible-civilian-deaths-in-yemen-raid_us_5892bf5de4b0af07cb6b8930

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No go zones in Europe help terrorist

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A backdrop to the massacre in Paris on Wednesday by self-professed al Qaeda terrorists is that city officials have increasingly ceded control of heavily Muslim neighborhoods to Islamists, block by block.

France has Europe’s largest population of Muslims, some of whom talk openly of ruling the country one day and casting aside Western legal systems for harsh, Islam-based Shariah law.

There should be no surprise here.  Many places are like this in Europe and if the left has it’s way, here in the US it will be the same.

We already have large neighborhoods much like this and the assault on police only make it more likely they will be left to their own devices.

Cultural sensitivity has turned into western suicide.

We cannot just accept all cultural attributes in the name of diversity.

Remember a phobia according to The Mayo clinic is:

A phobia is an overwhelming and unreasonable fear of an object or situation that poses little real danger but provokes anxiety and avoidance.

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At some point, when evidence mounts can’t unreasonable  become very reasonable.

Where are the moderate Muslims?  Where are the Muslim leaders?

Perhaps there is one. 

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has called for a "religious revolution," asking Muslim leaders to help in the fight against extremism.

In a speech celebrating the birthday of the Prophet Muḥammad, which coincided with New Year’s Day, he said they had no time to lose.

"I say and repeat, again, that we are in need of a religious revolution. You imams are responsible before Allah. The entire world is waiting on you. The entire world is waiting for your word … because the Islamic world is being torn, it is being destroyed, it is being lost. And it is being lost by our own hands," el-Sisi said.

At least he’s making the right points.

American POW exchange

Taliban Prisoner Swap Frees U.S. Soldier

WASHINGTON — The lone American prisoner of war from the Afghan conflict, captured by insurgents nearly five years ago, has been released to American forces in exchange for five Taliban prisoners held at the Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, detention facility, Obama administration officials said Saturday.

I’m happy that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been released. I’m sure his family is very relieved and one can’t help but feel good about that.

But at what cost?  Perhaps this administration was planning on releasing the Guantanamo prisoners anyway. This of course goes against one of the longest standing policies we’ve had.  We don’t negotiate with terrorist.  Why do we have the policy? It’s not complicated.  If we negotiate it only encourages more kidnappings worldwide.

Pakistan seeking trade

Pakistan may seek to trade hero Afridi for Al Qaeda-linked terrorist

Pakistan is preparing a proposal to swap the doctor who helped the CIA pinpoint Usama bin Laden for a notorious female neuroscientist and suspected Al Qaeda operative being held at a federal prison in Texas, FoxNews.com has learned.

The exchange would involve Dr. Shakil Afridi, the pro-America doctor whose vaccination ruse helped establish the terror kingpin’s presence in an Abbottabad compound prior to the Navy SEAL raid that killed him, and Dr. Aafia Siddiqui. Siddiqui is a U.S.-trained neurosurgeon who left Massachusetts after 9/11 and resurfaced in Afghanistan where she was arrested for trying to kill U.S. soldiers.

If this is true, I think we can safely move Pakistan from ally to enemy. Which for the most part they have been for last ten years anyway.  while we are at it, we might as well move Afghanistan President Karzai also since he appears to think it’s ok to charge us to move our equipment out of his country.

Afghan customs fines hike cost of US military pullout

WASHINGTON (AFP) –  A customs dispute between the Afghan and US governments has disrupted the withdrawal of American military equipment, dramatically inflating the cost of the drawdown, defense officials said.

"The cost is five to seven times more" by aircraft than over land through neighboring Pakistan, a defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP.

The Afghan government is insisting that US forces pay $1,000 for each shipping container leaving the country that lacks what it calls a valid customs form.

And authorities now claim the Americans owe $70 million in fines, even though the United States contends that Kabul’s stance contradicts previous agreements, said US officials, confirming a report that first appeared in the Washington Post.

We were way to soft with these people.  The leadership I mean not the average Paki-Afghan who are getting it from all sides.

Boston Attack II

Ok, one dead and one captured.  The events happened a little faster than I expected but the way this was done I felt pretty confident information would flow quickly.  There are some troubling questions though.  Like, what does it take to get asylum in the US and what benefits do you instantly receive?  Why did the FBI investigate Suspect Number one two years ago and find nothing derogatory when a foreign government warned us?  Are the standards for deporting aliens too high?  Well based on the immigration debate in the country and the recent release of illegal immigrants I don’t think there are standards at all.

Either way I’m glad these two were caught.  It will be interesting now to see what information come out of the living bomber or the three others that have been taken into custody related to this matter.