US Expanding Drone War in Yemen (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 04/26/12)
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US president Barack Obama has approved a new policy allowing the
Central Intelligence Agency and the US military to launch drone
attacks in Yemen even when the specific identities of the targets are
The Washington Post, quoting administration officials, said on
Thursday that the Obama approved the use of "signature strikes" this
It also reported that the killing of an alleged al-Qaeda fighter
earlier this week near the border to Yemen´s Marib province was among
the first attacks carried out under the new authority.
The shift in policy marks a significant expansion of the US drone war
against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which is
headquartered in Yemen.
The Wall Street Journal Quoted US officials who said the amended
policy allows the targeting fighters whose names are not known, but
are deemed to be "high-value terrorism targets, or threats to the US."
Yemeni officials have to give their approval for such strikes. As
recently as Wednesday, however, Yemeni officials rejected a request
from the CIA and US military to expand the signature strikes to
target groups they describe as "fighters."
Some congressional officials expressed concern over the use of such
signature strikes, stating that they raise the likelihood of killing
fighters who may not be involved in plots either to do with attacks
against the US, or affiliated with al-Qaeda.
Such strikes, lawmakers argue, could inflame passions against the US
among the local populations, especially tribal groups with their own
"Every Yemeni is armed, so how can they differentiate between
suspected militants and armed Yemenis?" one US officials reportedly
All officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive
strategic matters. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/26/12)
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