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    U.S. strike kills al-Qaeda militants in Yemen

    U.S. strike kills al-Qaeda militants in Yemen
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    SANAA, Yemen (AP) – The United States has raised the tempo in its war against al-Qaeda in Yemen, killing nine of the terror group's militants in the second, high-profile airstrike in as many weeks. The dead in the late Friday night strike included the son of Anwar al-Awlaki, the prominent American-Yemeni militant killed in a Sept. 30 strike.

    Tribal elders in the area where Friday's strikes took place said the dead included Abdul-Rahman al-Awlaki, the 21-year-old son of Anwar al-Awlaki, a Muslim preacher and savvy Internet operator who became a powerful al-Qaeda recruiting tool in the West and who was on a U.S. capture-or-kill list. The elder al-Awlaki and another propagandist, Pakistani-American Samir Khan, were killed in the Sept. 30 strike. The tribal elders, who spoke Saturday on condition of anonymity because they feared reprisals, said four other members of the al-Awlaki clan and another local militant were also killed in the same drone attack. There was no immediate confirmation of the younger al-Awlaki's death from Yemeni authorities.
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    Interesting. According to the article, Saudi intelligence is providing the US crucial targeting information via Yemeni informants.

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    Re: U.S. strike kills al-Qaeda militants in Yemen

    I think we should be extremely careful to ensure that we don't get dragged into any potential situation in Yemen. Especially if it devolves into another Afghanistan/Iraq. We really can't afford another costly war at a time like this, and even if we could it is a waste of money. It also wouldn't garner very god political support.

    However, I'm glad Saudi Arabia is cooperating with us in this situation.

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    Re: U.S. strike kills al-Qaeda militants in Yemen

    ^ The U.S. has been unofficially bombing non-combattant countries in the middle east for more than a decade now. Iraq was being bombed regularly after the first gulf war.

    I don't think people realize the degree to which the U.S. is all over the middle east right now.

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    Re: U.S. strike kills al-Qaeda militants in Yemen

    Quote Originally Posted by Temporal View Post
    ^ The U.S. has been unofficially bombing non-combattant countries in the middle east for more than a decade now. Iraq was being bombed regularly after the first gulf war.

    I don't think people realize the degree to which the U.S. is all over the middle east right now.
    That's true but the cost of a full-scale invasion of another country would be horrendous in comparison, especially in our soldiers' lives. I'm not saying that the drone strikes are really justified or worth it. I don't think they are, in most cases. I also think if we just leave the situation alone at this point the Arab world can handle these problems on their own. We really don't think highly enough of other countries to be invading and intervening so often.

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    Re: U.S. strike kills al-Qaeda militants in Yemen

    Quote Originally Posted by A.Pearce View Post
    I also think if we just leave the situation alone at this point the Arab world can handle these problems on their own. We really don't think highly enough of other countries to be invading and intervening so often.
    IIRC,the Yemeni government granted the US permission to strike al-Qaeda targets in the lawless tribal areas. The Saudi military has been battling with AQ militants along the border area for many years with only a modicum of success. This situation mirrors the AQ/Taliban control of Pakistan's frontier provinces.

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    Re: U.S. strike kills al-Qaeda militants in Yemen

    I bet the people on the Nobel Peace Prize committee are rethinking their decision. LOL Personally though, I think destroying Al Queda militants does advance the cause of peace.

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    Re: U.S. strike kills al-Qaeda militants in Yemen

    These villages are typical examples of the fortress architecture in the Yemeni tribal areas. They occupy the high ground and it is virtually impossible to assault them with either ground or airborne forces.




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    Re: U.S. strike kills al-Qaeda militants in Yemen

    Quote Originally Posted by Tashah View Post
    These villages are typical examples of the fortress architecture in the Yemeni tribal areas. They occupy the high ground and it is virtually impossible to assault them with either ground or airborne forces.



    Airborne assault? Maybe difficult. Bombing run? Easy target!
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    Re: U.S. strike kills al-Qaeda militants in Yemen

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    Airborne assault? Maybe difficult. Bombing run? Easy target!
    A high incidence of civilian casualties would rule that out. This is why the Predators wait to attack their targets on the open road.

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    Re: U.S. strike kills al-Qaeda militants in Yemen

    Quote Originally Posted by Temporal View Post
    ^ The U.S. has been unofficially bombing non-combattant countries in the middle east for more than a decade now. Iraq was being bombed regularly after the first gulf war.

    I don't think people realize the degree to which the U.S. is all over the middle east right now.
    We have been bombing Yemen for a decade now, creating civil unrest, and making enemies.

    Despite the claims of large numbers of civilian deaths, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, a controversial U.S. ally in the war on terror, has always supported the drones. As a result — and likely the reason for his continued support, analysts say — the United States remained largely quiet during the massive protests that engulfed the country earlier this year, only backing an internationally-brokered plan for a transfer of power after his security forces opened fire on unarmed activists in Sanaa, Yemen's capital.

    Saleh's cooperation with the United States, and his support of the air strikes, has further enraged average Yemenis and is often cited as one of the reasons why millions of people have risen up against his government over the last eight months.

    “The Saleh regime allowed the U.S. to intervene and desecrate our homeland from end to end,” said a local politician in the rural village of Muajala, located in southern Abyan Province, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “Yemen has been turned into Afghanistan and its people, either in mountains or valleys, were turned into [members] of Al Qaeda.”
    Drone Wars: Strikes fuel anger in Yemen | GlobalPost

    We are not that concerned about civilian causalities. Plus, we like to use corrupt regimes to cover up the slaughter of women and children.
    WIKILEAKS RELEASE: U.S., Yemen Conspired to Cover Up Civilian Deaths in Missile Strike | Moral Low Ground

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