In Yemen, US Drone Attacks Backfiring?
The Obama administration's spreading covert war in Yemen has brought ”a marked radicalization of the local population” and is “driving tribesmen to join a network linked to terrorist plots against the United States,” according to a report in today's Washington Post.
And in last night's PBS Frontline show Al Qaeda in Yemen, correspondent Ghaith Abdul-Ahad went deep inside the country’s heartland to investigate Al Qaeda’s rapid rise in Yemen, and its efforts to win over the local population.
Journalist Michelle Shephard, who has covered the war in Yemen, told Frontline: "If the use of ‘signature [strikes]‘ – those that target regions instead of individuals – erroneously kill tribal leaders, women or children, the blowback is an increase in anti-U.S. sentiment of which AQAP will deftly capitalize.”
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