June 8, 2011
The New York Times

U.S. Is Intensifying a Secret Campaign of Yemen Airstrikes

by Mark Mazzetti

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration has intensified the American covert war in Yemen, exploiting a growing power vacuum in the country to strike at militant suspects with armed drones and fighter jets, according to American officials.

The acceleration of the American campaign in recent weeks comes amid a violent conflict in Yemen that has left the government in Sana, a United States ally, struggling to cling to power. Yemeni troops that had been battling militants linked to Al Qaeda in the south have been pulled back to the capital, and American officials see the strikes as one of the few options to keep the militants from consolidating power. . . .


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Karen DeYoung and Greg Jaffe, "U.S. 'Secret War' Expands Globally," Washington Post, June 4, 2010

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Kimberly Dozier, "Secret drone base set for Persian Gulf," Seattle Times, June 14, 2011

[The new tasking for the agency marks a major escalation of the clandestine American war in Yemen, as well as a substantial expansion of the CIA's drone war.--Greg Miller, "CIA to operate drones over Yemen,", June 14, 2011]

[Contrary to false denials, the U.S., under the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner, has been bombing Yemen for the last two years, including one attack using cluster bombs that killed dozens of civilians.--Glenn Greenwald, "Yet another illegal war -- now in Yemen,", June 14, 2011]

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November 25, 2011

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[Securing permission to use these "signature strikes" would allow the agency to hit targets based solely on intelligence indicating patterns of suspicious behavior, such as imagery showing militants gathering at known al-Qaeda compounds or unloading explosives.--Greg Miller, "CIA seeks new authority to expand Yemen drone campaign,", April 19, 2012]

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[Yemeni President . . . Hadi was installed into power with the help of the US government after a 2011 coup against its longtime ruler, President Saleh. It is in his interest to have the US behind him, as his popularity is very low in Yemen and he faces the constant threat of another coup.--Ron Paul, "Why Are We at War in Yemen?,", August 12, 2013]

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