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Father of US commando killed in Yemen refused to meet Donald Trump

The father of a US Navy Seal killed in an attack on a suspected al-Qaeda compound in Yemen last month has stated that he refused to meet US President Donald Trump when his son’s body arrived home.

William Ryan Owens

The father of a US Navy Seal killed in an attack on a suspected al-Qaeda compound in Yemen last month has stated that he refused to meet US President Donald Trump when his son’s body arrived home.

“I’m sorry, I don’t want to see him,” he stated he told a chaplain at the time.

The attack on 28 January was the first such operation authorised by Mr Donald Trump.

Bill Owens, whose son William “Ryan” Owens was killed, told the Miami Herald that “the government owes my son an investigation”.

“Why at this time did there have to be this senseless mission when it was even barely a week into his administration? Why?” he stated in an interview with the newspaper published on Sunday.

“For 2 years prior, there were no boots on the ground in Yemen – everything was missiles and drones – because there was not a target worth one American life. Now, all of a sudden we had to make this grand display?”

US attack on al-Qaeda in Yemen: What we know

The attack – approved by President Donald Trump just 6 days after he took office – is believed to have killed a number of civilians, including children.

3 other Americans were wounded in the attack, planning for which began under the Obama administration.

A report in the New York Times suspected that the mission had been compromised early on – something the commandos knew from intercepted communications, the paper stated.

“They kind of knew they were secured from the beginning,” it quoted a former Seal Team 6 officer as saying.

But the military uncertain this, saying there was no evidence the mission was conceded.

Donald Trump

White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated on Sunday that she believed President Donald Trump would support an investigation.

“The mission has a lot of different criticisms, but it did yield a substantial amount of very important intel and resources that helped save American lives and other lives,” she stated.

Mr Owens stated he was told that his son was killed early on in an aggressive gunfight that erupted with AQAP militants.

A flag-draped casket bearing his body was flown to Dover Air Base on 1 February for a private ceremony. Mr Owens stated he only learned that President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka were on their way when he was already there.

“I told them I didn’t want to make a scene about it, but my morality wouldn’t let me talk to him,” he stated.

A military experienced person, he told the Miami Herald that Mr Trump’s comments during the presidential campaign about the family of a dead Muslim US soldier had disturbed him.

He stated that the White House should not “hide behind” his son’s death to disregard criticism of the attack.

William “Ryan” Owens, a 36-year-old married father of three, was a member of the elite Seal Team 6.

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