U.S. Extends War Into Yemen

November 12, 2010

In a White House statement earlier this month, a senior Obama administration official revealed that the U.S. plans to "ramp up" its "attention" to Yemen.

The statement comes at a time when Pentagon officials are proposing some $250 million for military assistance to the Yemeni government for 2011. This military aid would mark a significant increase over the $155 million provided in 2010 and the $70 million provided in 2009.

On September 30, Yemen's foreign minister Abu Bakr al-Qirbi admitted in a newspaper interview that the U.S. has been carrying out airstrikes in Yemen.

Already the U.S. is heavily engaged in a covert war in Yemen. The U.S. has special forces in the country and has carried out numerous attacks by CIA operated drone aircraft. This "clandestine war" is already known to have claimed the lives of hundreds of people. In December of 2009, at least 20 children and over 20 adults were killed in a U.S. airstrike. On May 25 of this year a U.S. airstrike killed a local government official and 7 other people.