1. Strikes

    CIA Pushes Yemen Drone Campaign

    A Predator B unmanned aircraft lands after a mission at the Naval Air Station, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011, in Corpus Christi, Texas. Using the same technology responsible for lethal strikes elsewhere in the world, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is expanding its use of Predator B unmanned aircraft outfitted with powerful infrared cameras and sensitive radar to patrol U.S. borders. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    Eric Gay / AP Photo

    There could be a lot more drone strikes in Yemen soon, if the CIA has its way. The agency is requesting permission to strike targets in the country based only on suspicious behavior, such as surveillance showing militants gathering at al Qaeda compounds or unloading explosives. The problem, say critics, is that al Qaeda is closely linked to the antigovernment opposition fighters, and it’s hard to tell the difference. If the CIA gets it wrong, the U.S. could be seen as taking sides in a civil war.

    Read it at The Washington Post