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Strikes CIA Pushes Yemen Drone Campaign Eric Gay / AP Photo

CIA Pushes Yemen Drone Campaign

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.

April 19, 2012 6:14 AM