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Report: No 'Actionable or Vital' Intel From Yemen Raid

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 An air strike in Yemen (AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 01 Mar 2017 09:25 PM

None of the intelligence obtained from the Yemen raid last month that resulted in the death of Navy SEAL William "Ryan" Owens so far has proven actionable or vital, U.S. officials said Wednesday.

The Associated Press quoted a senior U.S. official as describing a three-page list of information gathered from the compound, including information on training methods by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula and targeting priorities.

Pentagon officials confirmed that to NBC News on Wednesday, but other U.S. officials said the information on that list was neither actionable nor vital.

"Ten current U.S. officials across the government who have been briefed on the details of the raid told NBC News that so far, no truly significant intelligence has emerged from the haul," the network reports.

One senior Pentagon official described the information as "de minimis," and as material the U.S. already knew about.

However, another U.S. official said that the data contained hundreds of contact details from a variety of communications apps, suggesting possible links to the Europe and the U.S.

Navy SEALs recovered laptops, hard drives and cell phones in the raid on Jan. 29, which killed Owens and injured four other Americans.

Al-Qaida leaders have said that 25 people, including 11 women and children, were slain in the raid.

In recognizing Carryn Owens, the chief special warfare operator's widow in his speech to Congress on Tuesday, President Donald Trump said that Defense Secretary James Mattis "reconfirmed that, and I quote, 'Ryan was a part of a highly successful raid that generated large amounts of vital intelligence that will lead to many more victories in the future against our enemies.'"

Tears streamed down Carryn Owens' face during Trump's tribute — drawing applause that lasted more than two minutes.

The Obama administration first proposed the raid, leaving the final decision to be made by President Trump.

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None of the intelligence obtained from the Yemen raid last month that resulted in the death of Navy SEAL William Ryan Owens so far has proven actionable or vital, U.S. officials said Wednesday.
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