Our secret war in Yemen

We have the tacit approval of the Yemeni opposition to strike al-Qaeda and no doubt the government is secretly glad we are continuing a war that they have had to abandon because of the near civil war that has broken out in that country. So striking al-Qaeda targets to keep them from consolidating their gains made during the chaos is probably good strategy - as long as we keep the civilian body count to a minimum. New York Times: The extent of America's war in Yemen has been among the Obama administration's most closely guarded secrets, as officials worried that news of unilateral American operations could undermine Mr. Saleh's tenuous grip on power. Mr. Saleh authorized American missions in Yemen in 2009, but placed limits on their scope and has said publicly that all military operations had been conducted by his own troops. Mr. Saleh fled the country last week to seek medical treatment in Saudi Arabia after rebel shelling of the presidential compound, and more government troops have...(Read Full Post)

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