The eight-year-old, Nora, was the daughter of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American al Qaeda leader, born in New Mexico, who was killed in a U.S. strike ordered by President Obama five years ago. There is an assumption there was a woman [in the house] from Saudi Arabia who was with al Qaeda. Her grandfather, Nasser al-Awlaki, told Reuters the girl "was hit with a bullet in her neck and suffered for two hours".
Under former President Barack Obama, the Justice Department had issued a legal opinion giving the USA the authority to target Americans who are working with terrorists overseas. "The perception will be that it's not enough to kill al-Awlaki - that the USA had to kill the entire family", she said. One of these was the first US service member to die during Trump's presidency, who was later identified by the Los Angeles Times and other news outlets as Chief Special Warfare Operator William "Ryan" Owens of Peoria, Illinois.
Nawar, who went by Nora, was the daughter of New Mexico-born Al Qaeda leader Anwar Al-Awlaki, who was killed in a USA raid five years ago.
A USA source told Asharq Al-Awsat that the main target of the raid was leader of AQAP Qassem al-Rimi, who goes by the nom de guerre of Abu Hrira al-Sanaani.
However, local sources spoke about a higher toll of 41 al-Qaeda members and 16 civilians including 8 women and 8 children killed by the attack.
According to the Pentagon, 14 militants and "numerous" civilians died in the raid; the Associated Press reports that almost 30 people were killed.
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He continued, 'They (referring to the SEALs) entered another house and killed everybody in it, including all the women.
The US military conducted a series of drone strikes against the organization on the first days of Trump's presidency.
Nasser al-Awlaki told The Associated Press that his granddaughter was visiting her mother when the raid took place.
Moreover, investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill has probed how US forces in Afghanistan tried to cover up a raid in which they killed several women and children. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump discussed "going after" the families of suspected terrorists, but he did not specify what that meant.
The death of 8-year-old Nawar will likely be used in militant propaganda efforts, especially since she is the second of Awlaki's children killed by the US. "It's very sad, a big crime".
Many of the stories immediately published after the raid on January 29 reflected positively on an operation that had allegedly lead to the deaths of numerous al-Qaeda leaders. U.S. officials denied he was their target. "That the USA had to kill the entire family".