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Leon Neal/Getty Images(MANCHESTER, England) — A teenage girl who was at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, Monday night, said she felt a shake, saw people crying, and then “went out the doors and we saw smoke everywhere.”

“I looked to my right and there was just a decomposed body,” the teen, Natalie Sully, said on ABC News’ Good Morning America. “All you could see was just flesh.”

“Then there was another bang, but we weren’t sure what it was, ’cause it wasn’t as loud as the other one,” she said. “But then everyone was freaking out again, running.”

“To be experiencing that at such a young age, seeing dead bodies, it was horrible,” she said.

Lydia, a mother who was at the concert with her daughter, Madison, said she saw her life flash before her eyes.

Lydia told ABC News’ Molly Hunter that she and her daughter, Madison, were heading towards the main entrance after the concert when she heard a bang — but she said she didn’t think too much of it. Lydia said she figured the noise was a speaker and that she never would have thought it was an explosion.

It wasn’t until she saw a sea of people running and shouting about an explosion that she knew it was serious, Lydia said.

Madison added, “I remember going out and then hearing a loud bang and then everyone running.”

Lydia said she and her daughter started running but she worried they would be stampeded on their way down the stairs.

Lydia said she was grasping her daughter’s hand tightly, describing the scene as complete panic and chaos. She said lots of mothers and children were screaming.

“We didn’t know whether it was a gunman,” Lydia said, explaining that she was worried if a gunman would be waiting for them as they fled down the stairs.

Witness Joseph Harries told ABC News’ Good Morning America, that “people were just trying to get out of the arena as fast as they possibly could after the blast. I was directly in front of the stage at the heart of the arena. I had exactly the same distance to get out of any of the doors.”

“I had my best friend with me and I grabbed hold of her wrist and told her never let go of me,” Harries said. “We just ran, we jumped over chairs, railings to get out of the doors, we had to force open doors that wouldn’t open because people were trying to get to – the entire capacity of the 20,000 person arena were trying to get out of one exit.”

“It felt like an eternity,” Harries said, but it “couldn’t have been more than two, three minutes from in our seats to outside of the arena.”

Harries said he did not see any injuries or fatalities but his friend told him “he’d seen a girl covered in blood and she had bandages. … He said it was traumatic and a horrendous experience.”

The deadly explosion at the concert at the Manchester Arena killed 22 people and injured 59 others. Greater Manchester Police said they were called to the arena just before 10:35 p.m. local time on Monday.

The explosion happened near the arena’s foyer after the concert finished, according to witnesses. The venue holds about 21,000 people and is one of Europe’s largest indoor arenas, according to its website.

The man believed to be the lone attacker died at the scene after using an improved explosive device, officials said, but police are still determining if the attacker acted alone or as part of a wider group, said British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Monday’s incident is being treated as a terror attack and May said the threat level remains at “severe,” meaning the government considers another terror attack highly likely. Severe is level 4 out of 5, with critical being the highest.

May said police believe they know the identity of the suspect but at this stage they cannot confirm his name.

“We struggle to comprehend the warped and twisted mind that sees a room packed with young children not as a scene to cherish but as an opportunity for carnage,” May said Tuesday.

May said these “innocent, defenseless children and young people” “should have been enjoying one of the most memorable nights of their lives.”

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Dave Thompson/Getty Images(MANCHESTER, England) — ISIS has claimed responsibility for the deadly explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, Monday that killed 22 people and injured 59 others.

In a statement translated from Arabic, ISIS said that a soldier of the caliphate placed explosives among a gathering of crusaders — meaning Christians — at the Manchester Arena. The statement said about 30 were killed and about 70 were wounded.

The man believed to be the lone attacker died at the scene after using an improved explosive device, officials said, but police are still determining if the attacker acted alone or as part of a wider group, said United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May.

Greater Manchester Police said a 23-year-old man has been arrested in South Manchester in connection with the attack.

Monday’s incident is being treated as a terror attack and May said the threat level remains at “severe,” meaning the government considers another terror attack highly likely. Severe is level 4 out of 5, with critical being the highest.

May said police believe they know the identity of the suspect but at this stage they cannot confirm his name.

“We struggle to comprehend the warped and twisted mind that sees a room packed with young children not as a scene to cherished but as an opportunity for carnage,” May said Tuesday.

Greater Manchester Police said they were called to the Manchester Arena just before 10:35 p.m. local time on Monday. The explosion happened near the arena’s foyer after the concert finished, according to witnesses, who reported hearing a loud bang as they exited the arena.

The venue holds about 21,000 people and is one of Europe’s largest indoor arenas, according to its website. The concert arena is connected to the Manchester Victoria Station, the city’s second-largest train station.

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Lindsey Parnaby/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(MANCHESTER, England) — Strangers who jumped into action to offer help played a key role in the response to the deadly blast inside a crowded arena in Manchester, England that killed 22 and injured dozens more.

It was the U.K.’s deadliest terrorist attack since the 2005 London transit bombings but concerned residents didn’t waste any time before rushing to the aid of lost, confused and injured concertgoers, including children who were separated from their parents.

“We have a long history in Greater Manchester of communities standing together during difficult times,” Manchester Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said of the response.

Social media users began offering up extra rooms, couches, beds and food under the hashtag #RoomForManchester.

Manchester’s mayor and a U.K. police forum spread the information around and encouraged anyone in need to take the offers for assistance.

Businesses in Manchester joined in welcoming anyone in need of a safe place to stay.

The social media posts included heartbreaking pleas for information about missing friends and loved ones.

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Dave Thompson/Getty Images(MANCHESTER, England) — A 23-year-old man has been arrested in South Manchester in connection with the deadly explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, Monday that killed 22 people and injured 59 others, Greater Manchester Police say.

The man believed to be the attacker died at the scene after using an improved explosive device, officials said, adding that police are still determining if the attacker acted alone.

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OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images(MANCHESTER, England) — Children are among the 22 killed and 59 injured in a “sickening” attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, Monday night, United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May said Tuesday.

Monday’s incident is being treated as a terror attack and May said the threat level remains at “severe,” meaning the government considers another terror attack highly likely. Severe is level 4 out of 5, with critical being the highest.

May said the attacker — who died at the scene after using an improved explosive device — deliberately targeted children and young people “who should have been enjoying one of the most memorable nights of their lives.”

“We struggle to comprehend the warped and twisted mind that sees a room packed with young children not as a scene to cherished but as an opportunity for carnage,” May said.

A suicide bomber was likely behind the attack, officials said, and May said police believe one man carried it out, but authorities still need to know if he was acting alone. May said police believe they know the identity of the suspect but at this stage they cannot confirm his name.

May, who will travel to Manchester Tuesday, said, “there will be difficult days ahead.” She said many people are experiencing unimaginable worry as they still try to find out what happened to their loved ones.

Ian Hopkins, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, said at a press conference Tuesday, “Our priority is to work with the national counter-terrorism policing network to establish more details about the individual who carried out this attack.”

It was unclear if the attacker was acting as a part of a terrorist organization, according to Hopkins, who said the investigation was “complex and wide-ranging.”

“The priority is to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network,” Hopkins said. “We would ask people not to speculate on his details or share names.”

President Donald Trump offered his condolences in remarks during a visit to Israel, saying the victims were “murdered by evil losers.”

“I won’t call them monsters because they’d like that term. They’d think that’s a great name,” Trump said in Bethlehem after a visit with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. “I will call them from now on losers because that’s what they are. They’re losers and we’ll have more of them. But they’re losers remember that.”

Greater Manchester Police said they were called to the Manchester Arena just before 10:35 p.m. local time on Monday. The explosion happened inside of the arena’s foyer area after the concert finished, according to witnesses, who reported hearing a loud bang as they exited the arena.

The venue holds about 21,000 people and is one of Europe’s largest indoor arenas, according to its website. The concert arena is connected to the Manchester Victoria Station, the city’s second-largest train station.

Abby Barker, who attended the concert, told ABC News that Grande had just left the stage when there was a loud bang.

“I looked across the arena and everyone over there started running in different directions, screaming in panic,” she said. “We all started panicking too and ran out the doors and ran down the stairs out of the arena. We got outside and children were crying their eyes out, people talking about it being a bomb/gunshots, there were many parents running towards the arena but no one knew exactly what it was.”

Hundreds of police officers were on the scene overnight and transportation security was beefed up in Manchester and in other areas, according to police.

The mayors of several major cities across the globe, including those of London and New York City, also said they were reviewing their security measures as a precaution after the attack.

The British Transport Police department said extra officers would be on patrol at “key railway stations as well as on trains around the country” in the wake of the attack.

“Throughout the day, commuters can expect to see additional officers on their journey,” BTP Assistant Chief Constable Robin Smith said in a statement early Tuesday. “This will include both armed and unarmed officers.”

“As the public would expect in response to an incident such as this, extra BTP officers will be on patrol at key railway stations as well as on trains around the country,” he continued.

An emergency hotline was set up for people concerned for “loved ones who may not have returned home,” police said, and social networking giant Facebook activated its global “safety check” feature in the wake of the deadly attack.

May said General Election campaigning would be suspended.

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iStock/Thinkstock(MANCHESTER, England) — Twenty-two people are dead and 59 others injured after reports of an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert at one of Europe’s largest arenas.

In a statement, Greater Manchester Police said they were called to the Manchester Arena in England just before 10:35 p.m. local time on Monday. Authorities are telling people to avoid the area.

At the moment, the incident is being treated as a “terrorist incident until police know otherwise,” police said.

U.S. law enforcement officials have been informed that the leading theory is that the Manchester Arena incident was the work of a suicide bomber, though they caution that this is preliminary information, according to a senior law enforcement official briefed on the investigation.

The wounded are being treated at six different hospitals, Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said in a press conference. “We’re doing all that we can … as we gather information about what happened,” he said, asking people to remain vigilant.

The explosion happened inside of the arena’s foyer area after the concert finished, according to witnesses, who reported hearing a loud bang as they exited the arena. The venue holds about 21,000 people and is one of Europe’s largest indoor arenas, according to its website.

The concert arena is connected to the Manchester Victoria Station, the city’s second-largest train station.

The British Transport Police department said extra officers would be patrol at “key railway stations as well as on trains around the country” in the wake of the attack.

“Throughout the day, commuters can expect to see additional officers on their journey,” BTP Assistant Chief Constable Robin Smith said in a statement early Tuesday. “This will include both armed and unarmed officers.”

“As the public would expect in response to an incident such as this, extra BTP officers will be on patrol at key railway stations as well as on trains around the country,” he continued.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn have agreed that all national campaigning in the General Election were “suspended until further notice” in the aftermath of the incident, according to the Press Association, which cited Labour officials.

May is set to hold an emergency COBRA meeting at 9 a.m. local time. The group typically meets after major incidents to plan the government’s overall response. The group — composed of government ministers, military and security chiefs — will also review the threat level, which is currently one below the highest possible level.

Concertgoers reported hearing a loud bang at the end of the concert and attendees rushed toward the exit.

Eyewitness Karen Ford told the BBC, “The lights had come up everyone was just getting out and walking towards the stairs, when all of a sudden this huge sound, which sounded like an explosion went off.”

She added: “Everyone just stopped and turned around, and then somebody shouted ‘it’s a bomb’ and everyone just started running. Everybody was trying to push people up the stairs. There was a lot of children there without parents. There was no one to calm them down so everyone was just screaming, crying and pushing.”

Andy Holey, an eyewitness, told the BBC that he was waiting outside the concert and was blown over by the force of what he described as an “explosion.” When he awoke, he said he saw many casualties around him. He added that it was unclear if they were injured or dead.

Abby Barker, who attended the concert, told ABC News that Grande had just left the stage when there was a loud bang.

“I looked across the arena and everyone over there started running in different directions, screaming in panic,” she said. “We all started panicking too and ran out the doors and ran down the stairs out of the arena. We got outside and children were crying their eyes out, people talking about it being a bomb/gunshots, there were many parents running towards the arena but no one knew exactly what it was.”

Emergency personnel treated some of the injured at the nearby Manchester Victoria railway station.

A rep for Grande confirmed that she was not harmed.

A distraught Grande tweeted that she was “broken.”

In a statement, Grande’s manager, Scooter Braun, echoed her tweet, writing, “Our hearts are broken.”

In a statement, Manchester Arena confirmed that there had been an incident but said it occurred outside the venue. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims,” it tweeted.

Manchester Victoria station has been evacuated and trains are unable to run.

According to a spokesman for the British Home Office, they are holding a senior staff meeting on the Manchester incident Monday evening.

U.K. Prime Minister May said in a statement that they “are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack.”

“All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected,” she added.

The U.S. State Department said that it was monitoring the situation closely.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of those killed and injured in the incident,” a State Department official said. “The safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas is one of our highest priorities. The U.S. Embassy in London is monitoring the situation closely.”

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OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images(MANCHESTER, England) — A suicide bomber was likely behind the deadly explosion in Manchester, England on Monday that killed 22 people and injured 59 others who were attending an Ariana Grande concert at one of Europe’s largest arenas.

Greater Manchester Police said they were called to the Manchester Arena just before 10:35 p.m. local time on Monday. Authorities are still telling people to avoid the area as the crime scene investigation continues on Tuesday.

The incident is being treated as a “terrorist incident until police know otherwise,” police said.

The attack was likely carried out by “one man” using an “improvised explosive device,” police said. The person died at the scene.

“We believe the attacker was carrying an improvised explosive device which he detonated, causing this atrocity,” Ian Hopkins, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, said at a press conference early Tuesday. “Our priority is to work with the national counter-terrorism policing network to establish more details about the individual who carried out this attack.”

President Trump offered his condolences in remarks during a visit to Israel, saying the victims were “murdered by evil losers in life.”

“I won’t call them monsters because they’d like that term. They’d think that’s a great name,” Trump said in Bethlehem after a visit with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. “I will call them from now on losers because that’s what they are. They’re losers and we’ll have more of them. But they’re losers remember that.”

It was unclear if the attacker was acting as a part of a terrorist organization, according to Hopkins, who said the investigation was “complex and wide-ranging.”

“The priority is to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network,” Hopkins said. “We would ask people not to speculate on his details or share names”

He said the wounded were being treated at six different hospitals.

The explosion happened inside of the arena’s foyer area after the concert finished, according to witnesses, who reported hearing a loud bang as they exited the arena. The venue holds about 21,000 people and is one of Europe’s largest indoor arenas, according to its website.

The concert arena is connected to the Manchester Victoria Station, the city’s second-largest train station.

Abby Barker, who attended the concert, told ABC News that Grande had just left the stage when there was a loud bang.

“I looked across the arena and everyone over there started running in different directions, screaming in panic,” she said. “We all started panicking too and ran out the doors and ran down the stairs out of the arena. We got outside and children were crying their eyes out, people talking about it being a bomb/gunshots, there were many parents running towards the arena but no one knew exactly what it was.”

Hundreds of police officers were on the scene overnight and transportation security was beefed up in Manchester and in other areas, according to police.

The mayors of several major cities across the globe, including those of London and New York City, also said they were reviewing their security measures as a precaution after the attack.

The British Transport Police department said extra officers would be patrol at “key railway stations as well as on trains around the country” in the wake of the attack.

“Throughout the day, commuters can expect to see additional officers on their journey,” BTP Assistant Chief Constable Robin Smith said in a statement early Tuesday. “This will include both armed and unarmed officers.”

“As the public would expect in response to an incident such as this, extra BTP officers will be on patrol at key railway stations as well as on trains around the country,” he continued.

An emergency hotline has been set up for people concerned for “loved ones who may not have returned home,” police said, and social networking giant Facebook activated its global “safety check” feature in the wake of the deadly attack.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn have agreed that all national campaigning in the General Election were “suspended until further notice” in the aftermath of the incident, according to the Press Association, which cited Labour officials.

May held an emergency COBRA meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday. The group — composed of government ministers, military and security chiefs — typically meets after major incidents to plan the government’s overall response. May will also review the U.K.’s threat level, which is currently one below the highest possible level.

May said her thoughts were with victims and their families after what is she said police were treating “as an appalling terrorist attack.”

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Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(BETHLEHEM, West Bank) — President Donald Trump said he’s “truly hopeful” America can help Israel and the Palestinians broker a peace deal following his meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday.

“I am committed to trying to achieve a peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians and I intend to do everything I can to help them achieve that goal,” President Trump said on his visit to Bethlehem in the West Bank, the next stop on his eight-day overseas trip.

The visit follows Trump’s meetings with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in which he repeatedly expressed optimism for a peace settlement, despite his predecessors’ inability to reach a lasting deal.

“[Abbas] assures me he is ready to work towards that goal in good faith and Prime Minister Netanyahu has promised the same,” said Trump, standing next to Abbas at the Presidential Palace.

Trump also offered his condolences to the families of the victims and those injured in the terror attack overnight in Manchester, England that left 22 dead and 59 others injured.

“We stand in absolute solidarity with people of the United Kingdom,” Trump said. “So many young, beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil losers in life.”

Trump also commented that “it’s so interesting” his meeting with Abbas took place “on this very horrible morning of death to innocent young people.”

“We must be resolute in condemning such acts in a single unified voice,” Trump said, seeming to allude to criticism from Israel that Palestinians are too hesitant to condemn attacks initially.

In a meeting at the White House three weeks ago, Trump called on Abbas to demand that Palestinian leaders condemn any and all violence against Israelis, and Abbas spoke out strongly against Israel’s occupation of the West Bank.

The administration has been confronted with thorny diplomatic realities during Trump’s whirlwind overseas tour, specifically his decision to visit the Western Wall.

A junior U.S. official caused an uproar among many Israeli officials during a presurvey of the site, when he said that the Western Wall was not in Israeli territory but “is part of the West Bank.”

After the incident, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley deviated from long-standing U.S. policy by saying the Western Wall is part of Israel, leading to protest from many Palestinians. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, asked about Haley’s comments, reiterated traditional U.S. policy, saying, “The wall is part of Jerusalem.”

After meeting with Abbas, Trump will visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, where he will lay a wreath and deliver brief remarks. It could be an awkward moment for White House press secretary Sean Spicer, who in April was the target of a stinging statement from Yad Vashem over his controversial comparison between Adolf Hitler and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during a press briefing.

“Yad Vashem expresses deep concern regarding the inaccurate and insensitive use of terms related to the Holocaust by the White House press secretary,” according to a statement from the memorial. “His statements imply a profound lack of knowledge of events of the Second World War, including the Holocaust. Moreover, they are liable to strengthen the hands of those whose goal is to distort history.”

Spicer repeatedly apologized after the episode.

After the wreath-laying ceremony, Trump will deliver an address at the Israel Museum to the Israeli people. That follows his address on Sunday in Saudi Arabia to leaders of Muslim countries, in which he called on them to “drive out” extremists and terrorists.

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PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images(MANCHESTER, England) — Local Manchester, England, residents and businesses are offering up places to stay to those affected by Monday’s incident at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena.

#RoomForManchester began trending on Twitter following the incident that has killed at least 19 people and wounded around 50 others. The local train station has been closed in the wake of the incident, stranding many.

“I have a sofa, floor, blankets and tea, 5 minutes from Arena for anyone in need #RoomForManchester,” wrote one user.

@MENnewsdesk I have a sofa, floor, blankets and tea, 5 minutes from Arena for anyone in need #RoomForManchester

— Rebecca Topham (@rebeccatophamx) May 23, 2017

“If you need a place to crash I live around the corner from Manchester Arena on Jefferson Place. Feel free to contact me#roomformanchester,” said another.

If you need a place to crash l live around the corner from Manchester Arena on Jefferson Place. Feel free to contact me#roomformanchester

— Gez B (@Capita686) May 22, 2017

A local Holiday Inn was offering up rooms for those affected and reportedly helping reunite children with their parents.

Anyone needing a place to stay we have rooms at the Holiday Inn Manchester West. Contact to hotel on 0161 7430080 #roomformanchester

— Danny McMenemy (@Dan_McMenemy) May 22, 2017

At the moment, the incident is being treated as a “terrorist incident until police know otherwise,” police said. U.S. law enforcement officials have been informed that the leading theory is that the Manchester Arena incident was the work of a suicide bomber, though they caution that this is preliminary information, according to a senior law enforcement official briefed on the investigation.

It’s unclear what occurred at the venue, but concertgoers reported hearing a loud bang at the end of the concert and attendees rushed toward the exit.

Abby Barker, who attended the concert, told ABC News that Grande had just left the stage when there was a loud bang. “I looked across the arena and everyone over there started running in different directions, screaming in panic,” she said. “We all started panicking too and ran out the doors and ran down the stairs out of the arena. We got outside and children were crying their eyes out, people talking about it being a bomb/gunshots, there were many parents running towards the arena but no one knew exactly what it was.”

In a statement, Manchester Arena confirmed that there had been an incident but said it occurred outside the venue. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims,” it tweeted.

The wounded are being treated at six different hospitals, Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said in a press conference. “We’re doing all that we can … as we gather information about what happened,” he said, asking people to remain vigilant.

A rep for Grande confirmed that she was not harmed.

Others in Manchester offered help as well.

Anybody stuck in Manchester tonight I have a spare room and I just made some really nice soup. #roomformanchester please rt xxx

— Robyn Alexander (@robynrobynrobyn) May 23, 2017

#Manchester: With #RoomForManchester & free rides offered by taxi drivers – humanity stamps its foot.

— Alastair Stewart (@alstewitn) May 22, 2017

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — U.S. military forces conducted a ground raid in Yemen early Tuesday morning, targeting a known al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) compound, according to a U.S. military spokesman.

According to Colonel John Thomas, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command, U.S. military forces conducted a raid in the early hours of May 23 local time on a known AQAP compound in Marib Governorate in central Yemen.

Thomas said the mission was intended as a site exploitation mission to gather more information about AQAP.

The U.S. forces encountered some resistance and a small number of AQAP militants were killed in the raid. Thomas said there were no reports of civilian casualties or any U.S. military casualties in the raid.

The raid targeted a known AQAP compound but included “focused actions over a fairly large area” that were miles from each other said Thomas. They included pre-planned coordinated airstrikes before the arrival of the ground forces.

The spokesman said that the nighttime mission was conducted “in full coordination with Arab partners in the area “and was conducted under the broader authorities given to U.S. military commanders by the Trump administration. The mission did not require presidential authorization.

Social media reports from local residents provided the first indication of possible U.S. military activity in the area of central Yemen.

This was the U.S. military’s first ground operation in Marib Province.

On January 28, Navy SEAL’s conducted a similar site exploitation raid on an AQAP compound in a neighboring province that resulted in the death of Senior Chief Naval Warfare Operator William “Ryan” Owens and two dozen civilians.

That raid required airstrikes to repel the heavy resistance the SEALS encountered. It also resulted in the destruction of a Marine MV-22 Osprey aircraft that had experienced a hard landing, and left several U.S. military personnel injured.

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