An American soldier died from injuries sustained after a raid on Al-Qaeda in Yemen over the weekend, per Pilot Online.
The soldier who was killed was a U.S. Special Operations member. Three others who were injured are U.S. Navy SEALs.
“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,” the President said in a statement.
The sacrifices made by the men and women of our armed forces, and the families they leave behind, are the backbone of the liberty we hold so dear as Americans, united in our pursuit of a safer nation and a freer world. My deepest thoughts and humblest prayers are with the family of this fallen service member. I also pray for a quick and complete recovery for the brave service members who sustained injuries.
Read more on the incident below:
The incident marks the first time a member of the U.S. military has died in combat since President Donald Trump took office a little more than a week ago. The ground operation, which had been planned for months, was authorized by Trump, according to U.S. officials familiar with the mission. Trump has pledged to wage a more aggressive campaign against militant groups worldwide.
In a statement released by the White House, Trump called the raid “successful” and that it resulted in the capture of intelligence that would “assist the U.S. in preventing terrorism against its citizens and people around the world.”
The fallen U.S. soldier was hit in open fire with Al Qaeda militants.
U.S. Central Command has reported that 14 militants were killed in the operation.
As always, we thank God for our troops today.
Their sacrifices do not go unnoticed, and we’re grateful to have a president who acknowledges that as well.