US Officials Confirm 8-Year-Old American Girl Killed in Yemen Raid

Officials Say 'Almost Everything Went Wrong' in Weekend Raid

Senior military officials quoted by NBC News today confirmed what was reported over the weekend, that the Navy SEAL Team 6 raid against Yemen, which officials had previously insisted killed only 14 “al-Qaeda combatants,” killed an eight-year-old American girl.

The girl, Nawar al-Awlaki, or Nora, was the daughter of US-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who was assassinated by President Obama years ago. Nora’s grandfather said she was shot in the US raid, and was one of several children killed in the attack.

Though the Pentagon claimed the attack to be against “al-Qaeda headquarters” in the area, the only named victims were members of Awlaki’s family. The US maintains that 14 “combatants” were slain, and also insisted that a lot of them were female, but locals say the overall death toll was around 57.

While the Obama Administration assassinated both Awlaki and his son with relatively little backlash, and successfully skirted legal challenges to the killing of American citizens, it’s going to be very hard for President Trump to do the same with an eight-year-old girl.

The officials quoted today also conceded that almost everything possible went wrong in the raid, the first signed off on by Trump since inauguration. In addition to killing children, the initial evacuation of the SEALs was botched, when the V-22 Osprey crashed, and troops had to destroy it when they were unable to get it off the ground, being stuck waiting for a second evacuation attempt.

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  • john g

    Disgraceful. Every person involved in this raid from the POTUS down to the troops who did it should be prosecuted under war crimes statutes.

  • BoltzmannsLaw

    Cowards! Murderous cowards and thugs. This lovely innocent 8 year old child was shot in the neck and left to bleed to death for two hours as her mother,aunts and a dozen relatives had been murdered as well and US double-tap policy is guaranteed to eliminate any first responders. USA, Inc. has specialised in the particularly hideous wholesale cowardly murder of innocents; witness the bombing of Ha Noi and Hai Phong in Viêt Nam, Laos, Cambodia with over 6 million dead, 2-3 million dead in the Korean debacle, 1/2 million civilians firebombed inTokyo, nuclear weapons experiments of Hiroshima, Nagasaki, the fire-bombing of not just Dresden and Potsdam but the totald destruction of 160 German cities; Hamburg, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, etc,etc, and now in the Middle East, the continued destruction of innocent civilian lives in Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Mali, Pakistan, Waziristan, Afghanistan, Iraq with ‘special forces’ conducting clandestine military operations in 160 out of 198 nations. The sums total of destroyed lives since WWII is at least ten-fold the German industial slaughter of innocent Jews, Gypsies, LBGT and the physically and mentally impaired in the gruesome Holocaust of the Nazi regime. Presently it appears certain that the ultimate wet dream of the CIA/Pentagon cabal is to continue to finish off Syria, and then to attack directly attack Teheran and ultimately Moscow. This has been all been written in Obama’s mentor Brezenski’s domino playbook ‘The Great Game’, another purely Hitlerian power vision to ‘Rule the world’ ! Donald Trump appears to be following it to some degree. Beware, President Putin. The continued massive arms buildup in Germany, Poland, Romania and the Baltic states, Lithuanea, Latvia and Estonia is not just a playful menace. It belies a very costly, evil, dark and sinister strategy for a monumental human tragedy to yet unfold. If Trump fails to sign on, the Pentagon is still capable of going it alone: think ‘ Gulf of Tonkin ”incident” which served to betray Kennedy’s original plans to de-escalate and disengage from the conflict in Viêt Nam.

    • Eileen Kuch

      I couldn’t agree with you more. Those SEALs are nothing but thugs and cowards. There’s NO excuse whatsoever for murdering an innocent 8-year-old girl, and an American citizen to boot. No apology, no reparations will ever bring her and other innocents back to life.
      You’re right. Atrocities of this nature go as far back as WWII. A total of 160 German cities were destroyed .. 45+ million civilians killed in Hamburg and 500,000 killed in Dresden, not to mention the 158 other cities. The Tokyo firebombing killed 100,000-300,000 Japanese civilians, matching or surpassing those killed in the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined.
      The cowardly napalm bombings in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos killed over 6 million innocents; 2-3 million dead in the Korean debacle; and, now, in the Mideast, the continued destruction of innocent civilian lives in Libya, Syria, Yemen, Mali, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Waziristan with “Special Forces” conducting clandestine military operations in 160 out of 198 nations.
      Presently, it appears certain the ultimate wet dream of the CIA and Pentagon cabal’s to continue to finish off Syria, and then to directly attack Teheran and ultimately Moscow. As you said, this has all been written in Obama’s mentor Brzenzski’s domino playbook “The Great Game”, another purely Zionist power vision to “Rule the World”. However, Donald Trump just had a phone conversation with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, and the two of them agreed to cooperate in the elimination of ISIS, al-Qaeda and other Jihadists who’ve been terrorizing Syria for around five years.
      There are rogue elements within the Pentagon who sent SEAL Team 6 to Yemen to commit the atrocities listed above. Trump didn’t sign on to this raid, just as the “Gulf of Tonkin incident” served to betray JFK’s original plans to de-escalate and disengage from the conflict in Vietnam.

  • EME

    US Officials Confirm 8-Year-Old American Girl Killed in Yemen Raid…

    This atrocity was ‘confirmed’ only after these murdering bastards
    could no longer lie and bamboozle. The racist USG corporate media
    is equally culpable with dehumanizing entire groups of humanity.

    When the corporate media labels someone as a so-called (terrorist),
    it’s easy for thugs in the Pentagon to slaughter women and kids with
    no fear of prosecution. They even have the audacity to ‘claim’ the
    women and children it slaughtered were really ‘enemy’ combatants.

    The bellicose big mouth in the White House has also praised this
    current USG atrocity, and suggested it will somehow curtail (terrorism).

    • wars r u.s.

      The Donald did suggest going after terrorist family members. I guess he meant dead terrorist family members too. And I use the word terrorist only for clarification.

    • Helga Fellay

      EME – don’t discount that Trump did not start this war, it was started under Obama with the help of the Clintons. The military is under the orders of the “Commander in Chief.” Putting the entire blame on those carrying out the orders of their civilian overlords is not entirely fair. And don’t discount the role played by our corporate MSM, which only informs you about those things the government wants you to know and react to, and never the real and complete truth.

  • wars r u.s.

    Any members of that family left? We are unbelievable.

  • TonyVodvarka

    The Pentagon is trying to pass this outrage off as “collateral damage”. It is reported that the child was shot several times so there is no accident here. What sort of savage blood-lust has permeated our military and its death squads? This child’s picture should be posted all over our country with the caption, Your Tax Money at Work. Americans might hang their heads in shame for what is being done in our names.

    • Brian

      You should view and share this others.

      Sep 11, 2011 General Wesley Clark: Wars Were Planned – Seven Countries In Five Years

      “This is a memo that describes how we’re going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran.” I said, “Is it classified?” He said, “Yes, sir.” I said, “Well, don’t show it to me.” And I saw him a year or so ago, and I said, “You remember that?” He said, “Sir, I didn’t show you that memo! I didn’t show it to you!”

      https://youtu.be/9RC1Mepk_Sw

    • Helga Fellay

      The whole thing smells like an anti-Trump propaganda piece. first of all, the girl does not even look like any Yemeni child ever seen. She looks like a western child model, much like the Syrian children used in the White Helmet propaganda commercials. Secondly, we have been killing Yemeni children on a daily basis since the war started when, a year or two ago, and no one batted an eye lash, the MSM did not report on it, it was as if the war did not exist. As soon as Trump is in office, OMG – a dead child! I am not discounting the tragedy, if this child was indeed killed. What gets to me is the utter hypocrisy of the unquestioning acceptance of our continuous killing of tens of thousands of Arab children since Bush, throughout the Clinton and Obama presidencies, and the complete lack of an outcry or any action against it until NOW. And I am not even counting the heart-wrenching pictures and videos of babies and children starving to death in Yemen because of our (and Saudi) war crimes.

      • TonyVodvarka

        Agreed, but what is curious here is the fact that, (a) she is a member of the Bin Laden family, possibly indicating a blood killing, and (b) she was an American citizen, deliberately murdered (because she was shot several times) without due process.

        • Helga Fellay

          I didn’t know these facts. I can believe that it could have been a blood killing. But what is an American citizen – a young girl – doing in Yemen in these dangerous times, one might ask? Still, the MSM makes this look as if this were a deliberate hit ordered by Trump, so regardless, it still is just another deliberate propaganda piece as part of the Establishment and MSM coup against Trump.

          • TonyVodvarka

            That’s certainly a possibility. The incident coincides with that of one a few days ago when Gen. Ben Hodges, commanding a tank force near Russia’s border in Poland fired a massive salvo in the middle of the night. To quote him, “We’re serious – this is not just a training exercise. We are here to convey a strategic message that you cannot violate the sovereignty of members of NATO…Moscow will get the message -I’m confident of it.” This wouldn’t be the first time in the last few years that the military has created an incident to sabotage the civilian leadership.

          • Helga Fellay

            The feverish military buildup in the very last days of the Obama administration all along the Russian border, including Poland and even Norway! indicates to me that the old Establishment was trying desperately to provoke a war with Russia, knowing that Trump did not want that. Because the Clintons have been preparing for it for a long time, scheduled to commence as soon as Hillary was sworn in. So Ben Hodges was not sabotaging the Clinton Establishment, he obliged them. Fortunately, Putin is smart enough to see through this and to realize that it was a last desperate effort, and he used restraint.

          • TonyVodvarka

            Problem is, if Trump doesn’t disown it, he owns it. It’s hard to imagine that anyone, even a neocon maddened by hubris, wants a nuclear exchange, yet they do not seem to know when to stop in their lust for power and wealth at the expense of the rest of the world. As you say, Putin seems to be the only adult in the room.

          • Helga Fellay

            I wonder if Putin had warned him that something like that would probably occur and advised him to ignore it. It seems like the smartest move, considering the MSM would be trying to make a big deal out of it and of course report it as a Russian provocation demanding further response from us, and this way cause it to spiral into what the Establishment wants – WW III.

          • TonyVodvarka

            Hard to say what’s going on these days, with all the deception, false spin, false flag events, and propaganda that spins around us, a hall of mirrors. I highly sympathize with the Russian position since it is not they who are attacking us, it is “we” who are attacking them.

      • Frankie

        Thank you Helga, I totally agree with you. When Obama killed Awalaki’s son, an American citizen, where was the press, where was the outrage. Do we even know for sure this girl was killed??

        • I recall plenty of press and outrage when Abdulrahman al-Awlaki was murdered, especially when the White House spokesman asserted that if he wanted to live he should have chosen “a more responsible father.”

          No, we don’t know for sure the girl was killed. When is anything ever certain in the fog of lies that settles over the warfare state’s every action?

  • Brian

    Aug 22, 2016 Dirty Wars – Death of Abdul Rahman Anwar al Awlaki

    Investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill traces the rise of the Joint Special Operations Command. He exposes covert operations to capture and kill people, but those agents do not exist on paper.

    https://youtu.be/ViGUSw6NBVU

  • MvGuy

    As much as my disgust & outrage for the MURDERS, RAPE, and TORTURE of CHILDREN which our government seems to do way too often…..

  • Joao Alfaiate

    Boots on the ground in the Yemen; not a good sign from the guy that promised to step back from military involvement in the Middle East.

  • JimBass56

    WTF are SEALS doing in Yemen in the FIRST place???

    • Don

      That’s how Trump is going to make America great again. Any better idea how he intended to do it?

      luv from Canada.

    • wars r u.s.

      I believe one of them was killed. Another baby killing hero.

  • Donatella

    There were no demonstrations when Obama was killing women and children with drones and bombs, I wonder if there will be some now that Trump has continued the slaughter by a killed an 8 year old child.

    Now it doesn’t matter whether she is an American or Yemeni, it’s tragic regardless of nationality. However, for clarity and accuracy in reporting this Ditz report states that she was an American. I understand her father and brother were dual nationals with American citizenship (both were murdered by Obama) but I find nothing in the links or other stories that state that she was an American citizen.

  • This is terrorism, plain and simple. That animal who got himself shot in the process off this bloodbath shouldn’t be honored in more than Muhammad Atta.

    • wars r u.s.

      Instead they’ll have parades for him.

      • I know and it makes me sick. My grandfather was a f**king Marine and he didn’t go around saluting the f**kers at My-Lai. Some soldiers are c*nts. Anyone who’s served can tell you that. We spit on the good ones by celebrating the barbarians.