According to the latest reports, the failed operation week had a secret goal: to capture Qassim al-Rimi, the alleged head of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula who is also considered the third most unsafe terrorist in the world.

"While numerous objectives of the recent raid in Yemen were met, I would not describe any operation that results in the loss of American life as a success", McCain said in his Tuesday statement.

On Sunday, al-Rimi released an audio message taunting Trump about the failure of the raid.

"The fool of the White House got slapped at the beginning of his road in your lands", al-Rimi said in the recording that was authenticated by military sources.

News reported on Tuesday that Rimi also known by the nom de guerre of Abu Hrira al-Sanaani is considered the third most unsafe terrorist in the world and a master recruiter.

Navy SEAL William "Ryan" Owens was killed in the assault, and three other US service members were wounded.

"We said that in the future there needs to be more coordination with Yemeni authorities before any operation and that there needs to be consideration for our sovereignty", he added.

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The US Defense Department said the raid in the southern al-Bayda province killed 14 al-Qaeda members, and the White House said commandos had successfully captured intelligence.

The White House - which had declared the raid "a successful operation by all standards" - had no comment Monday on his escape from death.

Another setback this suspension in Yemen presents is that it hampers the USA military's ability to fight Al Qaeda's growing presence in the country, where an ongoing civil war is causing political instability.

"Anybody who undermines the success of that raid owes an apology and a disservice to the life of Chief Owens", Spicer said. After the election, the Pentagon presented the Obama team with a broad plan to accelerate US counter-terrorism operations in Yemen, and the Obama administration referred the proposal to the incoming Trump team. Three other Americans were wounded, and a USA aircraft was lost. Grisly photographs of children apparently killed in the crossfire of a 50-minute firefight during the raid caused outrage in Yemen.

"They're now doing a post-operation review and we'll wait for additional information on that", Tillis said. Instead, he said that though he would not call the mission a success, many of its objectives were met. "We will not relent in our mission to degrade, disrupt and destroy al-Qa'ida (al Qaeda) and ISIS".

Acting State Department spokesperson Mark Toner said that the United States is aware of the Times report and also that the Yemeni foreign minister has denied it. The Saudis are taking on the Houthis, while the US has focused on AQAP - except for the couple of occasions where Houthi positions tried attacking the US Navy.