Yemeni security officials and tribesmen say U.S. helicopters airlifted soldiers to the Arab country’s central Marib province where they clashed with suspected al Qaeda militants.
Two Navy SEALs suffered injuries to their arms and were flown to a hospital in Djibouti, CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports.
The accounts followed a statement from the U.S. Central Command saying that U.S. forces killed seven members of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) during a raid in Yemen early on Tuesday.
U.S. defense officials told CBS News there are some U.S. wounded but they were all “ambulatory,” meaning they didn’t have to call in a Medevac, but they did call in an AC-130. This was the deepest raid yet conducted into Yemen.
Officials said Tuesday morning that the mission was to collect intelligence in the form of laptops, cellphones and other materials. They are now saying the purpose was to “disrupt AQAP operations.” They are “still assessing” who they killed, although this morning they said there were no “High Value Targets” — the term used to describe senior militant commanders or operatives.