WikiLeaks: Yemen offered US ‘open door’ on al-Qaeda attacks

When you think about the regular US missile attacks in Yemen, this also is not much of a surprise. But again, looking at the killings there that obviously take out both the bad guys as well as the innocent, who is the real terrorist? It’s laughable that some on the right can seriously talk about Julian Assange as a terrorist. The last time I checked, he wasn’t bombing weddings and killing innocent men, women and children with remote missile strikes.

Remind me again how killing like this protects or defends democracy because it’s not obvious.

While Saleh’s government publicly insists its own forces are responsible for counter-terrorism operations, the cables detail how the president struck a secret deal to allow the US to carry out cruise missile attacks on Aqap targets. The first strike in December last year, which killed dozens of civilians along with wanted jihadis, was presented by Saleh as Yemen’s own work, supported by US intelligence.

But a cable dated 21 December from the ambassador Stephen Seche recorded that “Yemen insisted it must ‘maintain the status quo’ regarding the official denial of US involvement. Saleh wanted operations to continue ‘non-stop until we eradicate this disease.'” A second attack took place on 24 December.

A few days later, in a meeting with General David Petraeus, then head of US central command, Saleh admitted lying to his population about the strikes.

“We’ll continue saying the bombs are ours, not yours,” Saleh told Petraeus on 2 January. That prompted the deputy prime minister, Rashad al-Alimi, who was also at the meeting, to joke he had just “lied” by telling parliament the bombs in Arhab, Abyan, and Shebwa (the al-Qaida strongholds) were American-made but deployed by Yemen.

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