Ramping up the covert war in Yemen
June 11th, 2012
12:54 PM ET

Ramping up the covert war in Yemen

CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen breaks down the numbers behind the ramped up covert war in Yemen and says that it is a strategy that the Obama administration could very well increase in use beyond what has already been done.

Bergen notes in his article on CNN's Opinion page that the changes comes because al Qaeda's Yemen-based affiliate, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), has over the past three years attempted a number of terrorist attacks against the United States, launching it from relative obscurity to the top of the U.S. government's list of national security threats.

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The Obama administration has launched an estimated 28 drone strikes and 13 air strikes in Yemen, according to data compiled by the New America Foundation from reliable news reports. By contrast, the administration of George W. Bush only launched one drone attack in Yemen.

Obama has ramped up even more, Bergen notes, with the depature of Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh who stepped down in February. Since then, the American drone strikes and airstrikes have increased. In just three months, the United States launched an estimated 20 strikes. By comparison, there were just 18 attacks in the previous two years.

Read Peter Bergen's analysis here

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Filed under: AQAP • drones • Intelligence • Military • Obama • Yemen
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  2. Thor

    Haha, so it looks like we must have found something valuable in Yemen....

    Wonder when the "victory" speech will be?......

    June 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      Hopefully, never but we have to be realistic. This killer President is a national disgrace and makes one become ashamed to even be a American. His vendetta against the Muslims is matched only by Hitler's against the Jews. There's something definately wrong here!!!

      June 11, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Reply
      • Thor

        You can't seriously be talking about Obama??

        If anything, blame AIPAC for it's continued lobbying for another war on israels behalf.

        June 11, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
      • Ostrich von Liberal

        You see, a liberal becomes a hawk when it comes to national defense when he (or she) is exposed to the dangers posed by Islamic terrorists. Just look at Pres Obama, who upon his first year in office received the Nobel Peace prize and promised to close Gitmo do a complete 180. Must be nice to be living blissfully in ignorance George Patton.

        June 12, 2012 at 12:57 am |

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