FAKE NEWS! Yemen Denies NYT Claim That U.S. Is Banned From Further Ground Operations
Yesterday, the New York Times reported that “Yemen has withdrawn permission for the United States to run Special Operations ground missions against suspected terrorist groups in the country”.
The New York Times even shamelessly brought up President Trump’s travel ban as being a possibility for this so-called halt in ground operations by saying,
It was unclear if Yemen’s decision to halt the ground attacks was also influenced by Mr. Trump’s inclusion of the country on his list of nations from which he wants to temporarily suspend all immigration, an executive order that is now being challenged in the federal courts.
However, according to Reuters
Yemen said on Wednesday it had not suspended counter-terrorism operations with the U.S. government, despite controversy over a U.S. commando raid on al Qaeda militants in which several civilians were also killed.
The raid in al-Bayda province, approved by new U.S. President Donald Trump, resulted in a gun battle that left one Navy SEAL dead and an American aircraft a charred wreck. Local medics said several women and children were killed.
Yemeni officials told Reuters that Sanaa had not withdrawn its permission for the United States to carry out special operations ground missions but had made clear their “reservations” about the last operation.
A statement by the Yemeni embassy in Washington said the government “stresses that it has not suspended any programs with regards to counterterrorism operations in Yemen with the United States Government”.
The Yemeni government “reiterates its firm position that any counterterrorism operations carried out in Yemen should continue to be in consultation with Yemeni authorities and have precautionary measures to prevent civilian casualties.”
Read the rest of the report by Reuters here.
The New York Times just can’t help themselves. This type of false reporting is absolutely reckless. This fake news story was simply an attempt to undermine the Trump administration. White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer even called out the NTY for being fake news which TGP documented here. I’m not surprised that the New York Times will be vacating 8 floors from their Manhattan building.