U.S. troops in... Yemen?
Troops Came Under Fire From Ansar al-Sharia Fighters
by Jason Ditz,
March 02, 2012
Pentagon officials today confirmed
that a “security team” of US forces came under attack from Ansar
al-Sharia loyalists in the southern Yemeni city of Aden, but denied any injuries as a result of the attack. Ansar al-Sharia claimed one “CIA officer” killed in the exchange.
difference in versions from the two sides actually misses the much more
serious revelation of the report, that US ground troops are operating
inside Yemen at all. There has certainly been no announcement to that
effect, and indeed, several times the Obama Administration has “ruled out” sending ground troops to Yemen.
pro-democracy protesters rallying against the US-backed dictator of
Yemen virtually throughout 2011, Ansar al-Sharia seized the province of
Abyan, and has made inroads in Aden, the former capital city of South
Yemen. The US has repeatedly launched drone strikes against Ansar al-Sharia, claiming they are an “al-Qaeda front.”
the drone strikes and the missile strikes and the assassination
campaigns were always presented as an alternative to US boots on the
ground, not a supplement to them. Talk of sending troops
has always been followed up with denials that such a deployment was
forthcoming, and what few “trainers” the Pentagon has previously
admitted to having on the ground certainly wouldn’t be meandering
through a major city just waiting to be ambushed. The administration has
some serious explaining to do about how these troops came to be
operating inside Yemen.
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