US Increasing Secret Drone Strikes in Yemen: NYT

US drones have been dispatched to Yemen, and today the Times reports that the government's "covert war" there is reaching a new pitch:

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. [...]
A senior Pentagon official, speaking only on condition of anonymity, said on Wednesday that using force against militants in Yemen was further complicated by the fact that Qaeda operatives have mingled with other rebels and antigovernment militants, making it harder for the United States to attack without the appearance of picking sides.

Tricky operations. Meanwhile, President Ali Abdullah Saleh is reportedly in stable condition after being wounded in a mosque bombing on June 3. Read more at

 

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Posted at June 9, 2011, 5:07am

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