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CIA Expands Drone Strikes to Yemen
June 14, 2011
The CIA is ready to expand its drone strikes from Pakistan to Yemen. A U.S. official said that a secret plan to bomb Yemen has been in the works for months, Fox News reports today.
Corporate media propaganda on the CIA’s effort to destablize Yemen.
Obama approved the secret plan without consulting Congress last year. It has been under development for several months and is set to be rolled out in July.
In May, the State Department ordered all “non-essential” U.S. diplomats and family members to leave Yemen immediately. It also issued a warning to Americans to abstain from traveling to Yemen.
The Wall Street Journal makes the case that drone attacks are more civilian friendly than the sort of NATO bombing currently underway in another Arab country, Libya. “CIA drones use smaller warheads, which officials hope will lower the risk of civilian deaths and anti-American backlash in Yemen, the newspaper said,” Fox reports.
The specter of Osama bin Laden, who was supposedly killed in Pakistan recently, hangs over the new Pentagon offensive. The United States refused to provide evidence it had killed the Saudi who was a CIA asset during the CIA’s war against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. The corporate media now accepts the purported killing as fact.
According to Fox, al-Qaeda has moved into Yemen in a big way. The country is viewed as “the trifecta,” because it includes American cleric and Pentagon dinner guest Anwar al-Awlaki, a former protégé of the dead Osama and a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, according to Fox News.
“They’re looking to take advantage of an opportunity that has arisen,” a U.S. intelligence official told The Wall Street Journal. “Whether they’re going to succeed or not is an open question.”
The color revolution engineered by the globalists and their NGOs in Yemen has left a power vacuum in the country and led to an assassination attempt on president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Yemeni security authorities arrested suspects on Monday and placed the blame on al-Qaeda.
Saleh has stated that the U.S. and Israel are behind the uprising in his country. He addressed his comments directly at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United States. “Demonstrations in Yemen [are] not a product of a conspiracy from the outside. The President knew that. Its people deserve a better answer,” responded PJ Crowley, Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, to Saleh’s accusation.
Brigadier-General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, who defected in April, said recently the al-Qaeda crisis in Yemen was manufactured by Saleh to win western support.
Saudi Arabia and the United States have used the civil war in Yemen as a pretext to attack the impoverished country.
Last year the U.S. gave the Saudi Arabian government satellite imagery to help direct its military in airstrikes against Houthi Shiite rebels. Earlier strikes resulted in civilian casualties and the bombing of a medical clinic. Another target wasn’t a rebel site but instead the headquarters of a political opponent of Saleh. Pilots turned back when they learned of the target.
Iran’s Press TV claims the U.S. is attempting to establish a foothold in Yemen and place a military base there.
The Houthis are a separatist group operating in Yemen, a country that shares a border with Saudi Arabia. The Saudis claim the Houthis are in with al-Qaeda and backed by Iranian Shiites. Osama bin Laden was a Saudi and a Sunni Muslim.
Iran is a shiite country and al-Qaeda, a Sunni Muslim group, consider them apostates and have vowed to kill them. In January, the leader of al-Qaeda in Yemen declared holy war “against Iranian-backed Houthi Shiite advocates” in an audio message posted on the internet.
“This kind of feeds the al-Qaeda narrative, that we’re doing it everywhere,” Lawrence J. Korb, a senior fellow at the globalist Center for American Progress in Washington and a former Pentagon official in the Reagan administration, told the Miami Herald.
According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, 957 Pakistani civilians were killed in American drone attacks on the country in 2010.
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