US to establish “secret” drone base to attack Yemen

The US is building a secret airbase “somewhere in the Middle East” from which the CIA can launch drone attacks against terrorist elements in Yemen, the AP reports, calling the move “a hedge against the danger that today’s friendly government could crumble and force America to continue its fight from outside.” The US effort against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Yemen is being jointly run by the CIA and the Pentagon’s Joint Special Operations Command. JSOC forces have been allowed by Yemen’s government to conduct “limited strikes” there (some of which have apparently taken a grave civilian toll) since 2009 . The account states: “The Associated Press has withheld the exact location at the request of U.S. officials. They spoke on condition of anonymity because portions of the military and CIA missions in Yemen are classified.” (Fox News, DoD Buzz, June 15)

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