US Military Launches Investigation Into Deadly Terror Raid in Yemen

Questions have been raised about civilian casualties, and a Navy SEAL was killed in action.
2:16 | 02/03/17

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We turn next here to the U.S. Military now launching an investigation into the civilian casualties in Yemen. Navy S.E.A.L. William Ryan Owens was killed in action, and we showed you that, and Mr. Trump and ivanka paying respects. There are questions about whether Al Qaeda knew the Americans were coming. Here's Martha Raddatz. Reporter: It was a mission planned for months that fell apart as soon as it began. You never know what's going to happen. Reporter: On the ground, the team was quickly surrounded by hard-core fighters including women. A 360-degree hail of fire. S.E.A.L William "Ryan" Owens killed, three others wounded. The S.E.A.L.S called in air support to help them clear the compound, purportedly seen these pictures. That's what they say civilians were caught in the crossfire, possibly including the young daughter of slain radical American cleric Anwar awlawki. Back in Washington, president trump was monitoring the mission. He was kept apprised of the situation throughout the evening. Reporter: President Obama was in office when the planning began last November. Concluding in early January. But the team wanted to wait for the next moonless night, which wouldn't occur until after Obama left office. Last Wednesday, president trump was briefed by his national security team as well as son-in-law Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon. The next day, he authorized the action and the raid was launched Saturday night. Less than a week later with his daughter, ivanka, he was at Dover air base to honor a fallen American hero. They are defending the mugs as a quote, well thought out and executed effort, saying they were able to successfully gather intelligence. Reporter: They were, and they say the S.E.A.L.S seeked intelligence that could prevent future terror attacks around the world, David. Martha Raddatz. The president reacting to

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