Friday, 24 March, 2017

Father of dead Navy SEAL refused to meet Trump at ceremony

William Chief William"Ryan Owens. US Navy
Lance Thomas | 02 March, 2017, 00:16

The planning for the raid started under the Obama administration, when the Pentagon began preparing for a broader campaign to go after al-Qaida in Yemen after last year's U.S. -Emirati operation that retook the Yemeni port city of Mukalla from the extremist group.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended the raid in an appearance Sunday on ABC's "This Week".

It's been described as a mission in which "almost everything went wrong", a dynamic made more complicated by US military officials suggesting to Reuters that Trump approved the mission "without sufficient intelligence, ground support or adequate backup preparations".

Instead of a handshake from the president, Owens wants answers.

Owens is anxious that because there are so many ongoing investigations so early into Trump's administration, his son's death will fall by the wayside.

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A senior Congressional official, who was briefed about the matter, said that Trump administration still has to explain reasons for the raid and the need to use ground troops in Yemen. "I told them I don't want to meet the President."... John McCain, the Arizona Republican, for questioning the success of mission, he sent an email to McCain asking for an investigation. In addition to Owens' death, several other service members were injured, and reports have said as many as two dozen civilians, or more, were killed, including an eight-year-old daughter of the deceased al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen who was killed in a drone strike in 2011. Apart from the toll it took on the military, the ill-fated mission was also speculated to have killed as many as 29 civilians, including a number of children. "Now, all of a sudden we had to make this grand display?". "Future attacks will be prevented". Bill Owens, William Ryan´s father, demanded this weekend an independent investigation into the decision-making that led to the January 29 operation, an operation he described as stupid and hasty.

At a news briefing this month, White House press secretary Sean Spicer repeatedly called the raid "a huge success" and said that anyone who said otherwise does "a disservice" to the Navy SEAL who lost his life in the hostilities.

While the raid had been planned during the Obama Administration, White House and military officials held off from executing it at the time.

The father of the U.S. Navy Seal killed in a raid in Yemen in January said that he declined to meet U.S. President Donald Trump during the transfer of his son's body back to his home state of Delaware. We never got an adequate explanation for why he died, so reading what you said in the Herald hit a chord, " one family wrote.

"I told them I didn't want to make a scene about it, but my conscience wouldn't let me talk to him", Owens told the newspaper.

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