The escalating and secretive drone war inside of Yemen, conducted in partnership between JSOC, the CIA, and Yemenese forces, was defended by John Brennan as part of the “solution” to militancy. The strikes, which target members of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) have attracted criticism for pushing ordinary people into the hands of militants.
“So long as AQAP seeks to implement its murderous agenda, we will be a close partner with Yemen in meeting this common threat,”
“And contrary to conventional wisdom, we see little evidence that these actions are generating widespread anti-American sentiment or recruits for AQAP…. In short, targeted strikes against the most senior and most dangerous AQAP terrorists are not the problem, they are part of the solution.”
Washington is providing $337 million in aid to Yemen this year.