Left-wing NBC News hyped the death of an “American girl” resulting from the first military raid – which was executed in Yemen – carried out under President Donald Trump.
Monday’s NBC News article on the event had the following headline: “SEAL, American Girl Die in First Trump-Era U.S. Military Raid.”
See the headline below.
The “American girl” referred to was 8-year-old Nawar al-Awlaki, a daughter of American-born Islamic terrorist Anwar Al-Awlaki (who was killed in a 2011 US drone strike).
NBC News claimed an unnamed “senior U.S. military official” as its source of information on the event. The official allegedly said of the operation: “Almost everything went wrong.”
Female “noncombatants” are also alleged to have been killed during a firefight by NBC News’s source.
NBC News also spoke with Nasser al-Awlaki, the father of Anwar al-Awlaki and former Yemeni agriculture minister:
“My granddaughter was staying for a while with her mother, so when the attack came, they were sitting in the house, and a bullet struck her in her neck at 2:30 past midnight. Other children in the same house were killed.
“They [the SEALs] entered another house and killed everybody in it, including all the women. They burned the house. There is an assumption there was a woman [in the house] from Saudi Arabia who was with al Qaeda. All we know is that she was a children’s teacher.”
Al-Awlaki said his granddaughter died two hours after being shot.
Patricia Morris and Imam Anwar Al Awlaki, photographed inside Dar al Hijrah Mosque in Falls Church, VA. In background are students at the Islamic School. For a story on non-Muslims reaching out to Muslims. (Photo by Tracy A. Woodward/The Washington Post/Getty Images)
FALLS CHURCH, VA – OCTOBER 04: Anwar Al-Awlaki at Dar al Hijrah Mosque on October 4 2001 in Falls Church, VA. (Photo by Tracy Woodward/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Political and media observers will note that the above photographs of the late Anwar al-Awlaki were originally intended for use in a 2001 article – via The Washington Post, a left-wing and Democrat-aligned news outlet which presents itself as objective and nonpartisan – hyping anti-Muslim “backlash” sentiment less than a month after the Islamic terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Al-Awlaki was presented as an example of “benevolence,” overcoming “racism” and “bigotry” supposedly directed towards Muslim patrons of his mosque.
Across his presidential campaign, Trump called for an ending of the “anchor baby” policy of automatic granting of citizenship to all children born in US territory. Anwar Al-Awlaki was born in New Mexico in 1971 to Yemeni parents, while his father was studying New Mexico State University.
Trump has also called for recalibrating military rules of engagement in order to combat the strategy of “human shield” use by Islamic terrorists. The deaths of “human shields” are regularly hyped by left-wing media and political outlets to undermine American national security.
NBC News presents itself as an objective, unbiased and nonpartisan news outlet.
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