Father of US Navy Seal killed in Yemen refused to meet Trump
Feb.27, NY: The father of a US Navy Seal killed in a raid on a suspected al-Qaeda compound in Yemen last month has said that he refused to meet US President Donald Trump when his son's body arrived home, reports said. The raid on 28 January was the first such operation authorised by Trump.
Bill Owens, whose son William "Ryan" Owens was killed, told the Miami Herald that "the government owes my son an investigation".
"I'm sorry, I don't want to see him," he said he told a chaplain at the time. "Why at this time did there have to be this stupid mission when it wasn't even barely a week into his administration? Why?" he said in an interview with the newspaper published on Sunday.
The raid - approved by President Trump just six days after he took office - is believed to have killed several civilians, including children.
Three other Americans were wounded in the raid, planning for which began under the Obama administration.
A report in the New York Times alleged that the mission had been compromised early on - something the commandos knew from intercepted communications, the paper said.
"They kind of knew they were screwed from the beginning," it quoted a former Seal Team 6 official as saying. But the military disputed this, saying there was no evidence the mission was compromised.
The Oslo Times International News Network