US military releases al-Qaida video seized during Yemen raid

WASHINGTON (AP/WVEC) - The U.S. military released a short clip of what it said were videos seized in last weekend's Yemen raid. They appear to show how to make bombs.

The military says two operational planners and weapons experts for al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula were killed in the raid.

Central Command said the video is an example of intelligence gathered in the operation, which it says left 14 militants dead. A Navy SEAL and an undetermined number of civilians -- including children -- also were killed.

Centcom has since determined the video is at least 10 years old and has been available online since 2007.

A Pentagon spokesman said the video's age shouldn't matter, because it showed what AQAP’s intentions are.

“It does not matter when the video was made. That they had it, is still illustrative of who they are and what their intentions are,” Captain Jeff Davis, the Pentagon spokesman told reporters off-camera. 

“There was significant actionable intelligence that they received and that continues to be the case,” Davis added.

Davis deferred to Centcom to explain why they had posted the video originally.

© 2017 Associated Press


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