An unknown number of civilians, including children, were killed during a U.S. military operation targeting al Qaeda militants this week, NBC News reported. One Navy SEAL also died during the operation in Yemen.
The Defense Department identified the Navy SEAL as Chief Petty Officer William "Ryan" Owens.
Nawar al-Awlaki, the daughter of an American-born al Qaeda leader, Anwar al-Awlaki, was among those killed.
Her father, an American citizen, was killed in a drone strike in 2011. The military said in a statement that it is still trying to determine the number of civilian casualties during the "ferocious" gunfight. Fourteen militants were also killed.
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