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Mattis Angry Over Reports Disputing Value of Yemen Raid

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By    |   Thursday, 02 Mar 2017 12:30 PM

Defense Secretary James Mattis is livid over reports disputing the value of intelligence gathered during last month's raid in Yemen, the Washington Examiner reports.

The raid cost the life of Navy SEAL William "Ryan" Owens. Aides say Mattis is particularly upset with an NBC News report that suggested none of the intelligence collected has proven to be "actionable or vital," according to the website.

"That is inaccurate," said a senior Pentagon official, who said much of the intelligence is still being reviewed.

However, the official maintained the cache of seized computers, cell phones, and hard drives has already produced leads as to where other al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula terrorists were located in Yemen.

The official insisted the raid was worth the risk because AQAP has a history of plotting, inspiring, and exporting terror to America and the West, and because the U.S. has no military presence on the ground, the Examiner reported.

Meanwhile, CNN reported the U.S. conducted 20 airstrikes against al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen overnight.

The U.S. military targeted militants, equipment and infrastructure in the airstrikes.

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