Slain Navy SEAL's father questions raid


He moved with his parents, Bill and Patricia, to South Florida shortly after the elder Owens was laid off in the 1980s from his job at the Caterpillar tractor company. Just five days in, Trump greenlighted the mission.

"You have to freshen up your intelligence, You can't go with old intelligence". Owens told The Herald.

He questioned the decision to launch the raid and said Trump shouldn't "hide behind" his son's death to avoid an investigation. "I want an investigation", he added.

Owens said after the president lashed out at Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) rhetoric about the operation "emboldens the enemy!".

Owens said he did not yet get a response from McCain. A White House official told ABC News an investigation would occur and "it is standard operating procedure to investigate any mission that results in a fatality". The administration has blasted critics of the mission, saying their criticism dishonors Owens' life.

The father of a Navy Seal killed in Yemen is calling for an investigation into his son's death.

The Trump administration has touted the botched operation as a win.

The White House also shifted responsibility for the raid to the Obama administation, saying they only carried it out "because of a desire to conduct it on a moonless night that would not occur until after the president was sworn in". But military officials later said the raid's site was one of several that was identified back in November as one to consider.

Yemenis said there were multiple civilian casualties, including the 8-year-old daughter of late al-Qaeda recruiter Anwar al-Awlaki, a US citizen born in New Mexico. Three other commandos were injured when an MV-22 Osprey, sent in to evacuate the troops, crash-landed.

However, the US military has had boots on the ground over the past two years.

'I want an investigation.The government owes my son an investigation, ' the grieving father said. "I don't want anybody to think I have an agenda, because I don't".

He said he was also troubled by the attack Trump leveled at Khizr and Ghazala Kahn, an American Muslim family whose Army officer son died in Iraq in 2004.

Bill Owens told The Miami Herald, in a story published Sunday, that he wants an investigation into the planning of the mission.

The White House has said President Trump was briefed about the operation over dinner by former national security advisor Michael Flynn - and signed the memo authorising it the following day, 26th January. He did not respond to requests for clarification. A few hours later, Bill and a few family members were at Dover Air Force base to receive the flag-draped casket containing the body of his son.

"We lost my a helicopter crash in 2010". We will never forget him.