Paul Gosling retweeted NYT’s report of Yemen’s anger at the civilian casualties incurred last month in the first commando raid authorized by President Trump (covered on this site here): Yemen has withdrawn permission for the United States to run Special Operations ground missions against suspected terrorist groups in the country, according to American officials.
The NYT reminds readers that the United States conducted 38 drone strikes in Yemen last year, up from 23 in 2014, and has already carried out five strikes this year – according to the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Long War Journal, which focusses on the ‘war on terror’.
In response to the raid, Al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen urged followers to attack the United States and its allies in the country. Specialists in Yemeni culture and politics have cautioned that Al Qaeda would seize on the raid to whip up anti-American feelings and attract more followers.
The Brussels-based International Crisis Group (header below) said in a report released last Thursday: “The use of U.S. soldiers, high civilian casualties and disregard for local tribal and political dynamics plays into AQAP’s narrative of defending Muslims against the West and could increase anti-U.S. sentiment and with it AQAP’s pool of recruits.”
David Godinez, Kansas City, MO commented 10 hours ago: “There is a chain of failure, tragedy and mistakes that have occurred in our special operations and drone attacks in Yemen that now go back through the last three Presidents.
Paul McBride, Ellensburg WA 12 hours ago, asked:
“Why can’t we instead use this story as an opportunity to re-examine America’s grotesque “Long War” on terrorism itself? Has a day gone by since we invaded Afghanistan over 15 years ago that at least one person on this planet has not died at the hands of the American military or intelligence services? Are we proud of that? Has the blood debt of 9/11 not been repaid a hundred-fold?
“We allow the Pentagon and CIA to conduct raids, drop bombs, and use drones without the slightest curiosity at to what we are accomplishing, other than, manifestly, alienating the good will of a quarter of the globe’s population. This latest raid in Yemen has generated no meaningful investigation by any mainstream media outlet, no attempt to interview the villagers affected, or to get the facts beyond the propaganda published by the Pentagon in its press releases . . .
“President Trump seems no more willing than his predecessors to halt this insanity, but the American people are complicit by their silence and acquiescence”.