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US loses Osprey aircraft in Yemen raid

30 January 2017

A US military aircraft was lost during a raid in Yemen that also resulted in the death of a service member and injuries to three others, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced on 29 January.

Images posted online showed the burnt-out remains of the a Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor after it was destroyed by US forces following a heavy landing in the raid against Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQIP).

"A US military aircraft assisting in the operation experienced a hard landing at a nearby location, resulting in an additional US injury. That aircraft was unable to fly after the landing [and] was then intentionally destroyed in place," the DoD said.

According to the Pentagon, an estimated 14 AQIP fighters were killed in the 28 January raid on a headquarters complex. The DoD did not formally identify the lost aircraft as an Osprey or identify the units involved, nor did it say if the dead and/or wounded were aircrew or soldiers.

This action was the first to be ordered by President Donald Trump, and follows a number of airstrikes ordered in the final days of President Barack Obama against both Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State in Syria and Libya respectively.

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A US military Osprey aircraft was lost during a special forces raid in Yemen. Although not confirmed by the Pentagon, it is likely that it was a US Air Force CV-22B platform, given the nature of the mission. (US Air Force)A US military Osprey aircraft was lost during a special forces raid in Yemen. Although not confirmed by the Pentagon, it is likely that it was a US Air Force CV-22B platform, given the nature of the mission. (US Air Force)



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