Skip to comments.U.S. Is Intensifying a Secret Campaign of Yemen Airstrikes
Posted on 06/08/2011 6:45:34 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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.
On Friday, American jets killed Abu Ali al-Harithi, a midlevel Qaeda operative, and several other militant suspects in a strike in southern Yemen. According to witnesses, four civilians were also killed in the airstrike. Weeks earlier, drone aircraft fired missiles aimed at Anwar al-Awlaki, the radical American-born cleric who the United States government has tried to kill for more than a year. Mr. Awlaki survived.
The recent operations come after a nearly year-long pause in American airstrikes, which were halted amid concerns that poor intelligence had led to bungled missions and civilian deaths that were undercutting the goals of the secret campaign.
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Do we have troops in Yemen also? This is first I recall reading about strikes...
Where is CODE Pink on this war?
So we are aiding the rebels in Libya, and bombing the piss out of the rebels in Yemen...
So when do the “secret” airstrikes start in Syria, and against whom...???
King Barry is totally out of control. Time for congress to assert itself.
We used to have a nice republic.
Obama trying to juggle FOUR wars at one time.
Oh, that’s right they’re not really wars are they?
Obama needs to be crated up and Fed-Ex’d to the Hague.
What in the hell is our interest in Yemen? Bomb Iran!
Can’t help but wonder how high oil prices might go, when the Middle East erupts into larger conflicts.
So this is war 4 now?
Agreed. Bomb Iran!
Obama Jihad 3?
That was my exact same first thought! I expected to see them on all the same corners on my way home from work. All I hear are crickets......
I’ve said it before. He’s trying the FDR route of getting his 2nd term like FDR got his 3rd. War. Can’t change the head of state, wouldn’t be wise. And there’d be a thousand rino’s to back him up. I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see us go into Paki and/or Iran. Haven’t you noticed Iran’s nuclear threat is much more in the news lately and we’re droning on in Paki no matter their comments. Maybe a double-header. That’s the ticket.
I think the only thing he is juggling is his golf matches and scores. The rest of his empire can wait.
The “WTF?” of the week.
I’m beginning to wonder if there are any leaders left in our military.
How is it “secret” if it’s in the NY Times and we’re discussing it on Free Republic?
Liberals drop humanitarian bombs which put people out of their misery.
When we get a brave enough conservative he will go on TV and ask why Obama has started a fourth war in Yemen and why the anti-war oh I mean the anti-Bush protestors aren’t out in force anymore and will he give back that damned Peace prize before he gets us all killed.....
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