The United States is evacuating the remaining 100 special operations forces in Yemen due to the deteriorating security situation, Fox News confirmed Saturday.
A U.S. military official overseas said the forces were at the Al Anad air base, near the southern city of al Houta that Al Qaeda purportedly seized Friday.
The Pentagon has so far declining to comment on the purported evacuations.
Just last month, U.S. military officials said the unrest would not impact counter-terrorism operations in that country. However, the situation in Yemen, where government officials have tried to work the U.S. in fighting terrorism, appears to be getting worse.
Foreign policy experts Col. (ret.) Dick Brauer and Michael Cutler sit down with Don Smith to discuss the reality of what’s going on behind the scenes, as the current administration moves closer to a potential deal with our greatest enemy in the world.
In a recent letter to members of Congress, the President asked for legislation providing him the authority to use of military force against ISIS. He even gave legislators a draft of the legislation he wants…
But if the United States is to go to War, Congress – not the President – is to set the terms.
As veterans and supporters of the Special Operations communities, Special Operations Speaks is committed to identifying and combating the internal and external threats to the sovereignty of the United States of America.
This is why SOS needs you to take action now and start contacting members of the U.S. House and Senate. If Congress is to authorize Obama to act — if they are to Declare War as the Constitution requires — certain definitions must be put in place:
1. Define the Enemy — Radical Islamic Extremism
2. Define the Rules of Engagement — Untie the troops’ hands
3. Define the Goal — Victory. We will not end this war; we will win it.
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O’Reilly Factor, Bill sat down with Chris Kyle, a former Navy SEAL sniper credited with 150 certified kills and author of the book American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History.
Kyle, the recipient of five Bronze Stars and two Silver Stars, revealed to O’Reilly why he punched former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, knocking him to the floor. Kyle said that he encountered Ventura at a bar while attending the wake of a fallen SEAL, and that Ventura started bad-mouthing America, then-President Bush, and the Iraq war. When Kyle asked him to tone it down so as not to upset the family, Ventura said, “You [the Navy SEALs] deserve to lose a few guys.” Kyle then punched him and took off running!
O’Reilly asked Kyle about his experiences in Iraq, where he was deployed four times. In his book, Kyle refers to enemy Iraqis as ‘savages’. He explained why to O’Reilly saying”
“The way they live day-to-day as far as the violence they commit on American troops – the beheadings, the rape of innocent villagers and townspeople, just to intimidate them. They live by putting fear into other people’s hearts. Civilized people just don’t act that way.”
A lawyer for victims of the 2009 Fort Hood shooting and their families says the combat-related benefits that come with the Purple Heart — now being considered thanks to new legislation — will be a lifeline for many of his clients, who are still so damaged physically and mentally they are unable to work five years after the massacre.
“No one will be the same,” Neal Sher told Fox News. “The people who have PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) — both those who were hit by bullets and others who were in that area — that is a very, very debilitating condition. And they’re suffering on a daily basis. And as I said, families have been broken apart.”
There appears no doubt that Hasan was motivated by his extreme religious views and by the radical American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who, at the time, was a leader of Al Qaeda in Yemen. After his August 2013 conviction, Hasan told his lawyer, John Galligan, to release letters to Fox News in which Hasan pledged his allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, and also wrote to Pope Francis about the virtues of Islam.
Sher told Fox that there was stiff resistance to the NDAA’s new language. “The administration and the Pentagon,” Sher explained, “they lobbied hard against it. But we worked very hard and we were successful in garnering bi-partisan support for this.”
Aside from the benefits for the families, Sher said the Purple Heart, or its civilian equivalent, will go a long way toward recognizing the suffering and mitigating the insult of calling it workplace violence.
~ Read about our personal loss at Fort Hood, Pvt. Francheska “Cheeka” Velez and her unborn child by clicking her image: