The raid on Al Qaeda headquarters was the first counter terrorism offensive under President Donald Trump aimed at gathering intelligence about the militant group, a U.S. official told Fox News. It was also first combat death under the new administration. American elite forces did not seize any militants or take any prisoners off-site after the raid, the official said. The surprise dawn attack killed Abdul-Raouf al-Dhahab, Sultan al-Dhahab, and Seif al-Nims, Yemeni officials told the Associated Press. The al-Dhahab family is considered an ally of Al Qaeda, which security forces say is concentrated in Bayda province. A third family member, Tarek al-Dhahab, was killed in a previous U.S. drone strike years ago. It was not immediately clear whether the family members were actual members of Al Qaeda. Just over a week ago, suspected U.S. drone strikes killed three other alleged Al Qaeda operatives in Bayda province in what was the first-such killings reported in the country since Donald Trump assumed the U.S. presidency.
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