Military Uses Decade-Old Video to Justify Yemen Raid

It falsely claimed the video was recovered last Sunday
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 3, 2017 4:27 PM CST
Military Uses Decade-Old Video to Justify Yemen Raid
Marine One, with President Trump aboard, lands at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. Trump traveled to Dover AFB to meet with family members of a Navy SEAL killed last Sunday during a raid in Yemen.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

US Central Command said video posted to the Pentagon website this week was recovered during last Sunday's raid in Yemen and shows the kind of important al-Qaeda intelligence recovered during President Trump's first counter-terrorism operation, the Hill reports. There's only one problem: The video was actually recovered in a 2007 raid and was already available online, according to Politico. The video was removed by the military on Friday, with a spokesperson telling CNN they "didn't want to make it appear that we were trying to pass off old video." The video shows Jihadist training footage.

The Trump administration has been attempting to defend the raid during which a Navy SEAL was killed, reportedly along with multiple civilians, including children. A military spokesperson says the White House didn't pressure Central Command to release anything from the raid. Another official says the video was released out of frustration with how the raid is being covered in the media. The military spokesperson says they released the old video before studying it carefully. Central Command says all intelligence actually gathered during the most recent raid will remain classified. (More US Central Command stories.)

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