There are 3 critiques underway into the SEAL Group Six raid in Yemen last month that killed William "Ryan" Owens and some civilians, the Pentagon stated nowadays.
Owens was killed in the course of a Jan. 29 nighttime raid targeting a rural compound in southern Yemen believed to be a important preparing place for al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). The mission was created as an intelligence-gathering mission on the terror group, but Owens' death led Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, to question the White Property spokesman’s assessment that the mission had effectively completed its objectives and was “a large achievement.”
More than the weekend Owens' father, William Owens, told the Miami Herald that he wanted an investigation into the Trump administration's selection-creating that signed off on the raid.
"I want an investigation," he told the newspaper. "The government owes my son an investigation."
The family declined additional comment when contacted by ABC News on Monday.
"There currently are numerous investigations going on about this," Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters these days, which includes a thing identified as a "15-six" investigation.
In addition, "there’s an aircraft mishap investigation becoming performed by the chain of command, there’s a civilian casualty assessment becoming completed from [U.S. Central Command]. These are all nevertheless in progress," Davis stated.
Right here is a look at what these terms mean.
A 15-6 investigation refers to Army regulation 15-six that makes it possible for commands to appoint investigating officers to conduct informal investigations of a military incident or military fatality.
The deaths of all American service members deployed overseas lead to investigations conducted by investigating officers selected from the chain of command.
Household members are provided with copies of the final investigation reports, but they are only releasable to the basic public through Freedom of Info Act (FOIA) requests.
A separate critique is beneath way to figure out the procedures and circumstances that led to the destruction of a Marine MV-22 Osprey referred to as in to medevac SEALS wounded in the intense firefight.
The Osprey became inoperable following the crew made a "tough landing" that injured crew-members and disabled the aircraft, according to military officials. It was later destroyed by a U.S. airstrike to stop it from going into the hands of AQAP fighters. Davis mentioned the mishap investigation is also becoming performed by the chain of command, presumably a reference to Centcom.
Centcom has also been conducting a civilian casualty credibility assessment that is triggered when allegations of civilian casualties are created, according to military officials.
Centcom launched that assessment shortly right after the raid and determined there have been some civilian casualties and is nonetheless looking to see if there are additional casualties. But as Davis stated right now, officials are nonetheless in the assessment phase and if the allegations are found credible, then Centcom will launch an actual investigation into civilian casualties.
“We’re still in the initially step. We’re in a credibility assessment," Davis stated.
A defense official later stated it was improved to characterize the three reviews as a casualty investigation and separate assessments into civilian casualties and the aviation mishap.
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