Owens was killed during a Jan. 29 nighttime raid targeting a rural compound in southern Yemen believed to be a key planning location for al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). The mission was designed as an intelligence-gathering mission on the terror group, but Owens’ death led Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, to question the White House spokesman’s assessment that the mission had successfully completed its objectives and was “a huge success.”
Over the weekend Owens’ father, William Owens, told the Miami Herald that he wanted an investigation into the Trump administration’s decision-making that signed off on the raid.
“I want an investigation,” he told the newspaper. “The government owes my son an investigation.”