U.S. Declassifies Covert Wars

    A US "Predator" drone passes overhead at a forward operating base near Kandahar on January 1, 2009.  France is the fourth-largest contributor to the international military force in Afghanistan with more than 3,000 troops deployed around Kabul and in forward bases in the east of the country.   AFP PHOTO/Joel SAGET (Photo credit should read JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The White House has finally acknowledged that its carrying out attacks in Yemen and Somalia, letting the public in for the first time on its super-secret campaign against al Qaeda in those countries. The semiannual report on U.S. combat operations delivered to Congress Friday reveals that the military has been taking “direct action” which, though the report does not elaborate on what this means, is a term usually used to describe lethal attacks. The report makes no mention of drones. “In all cases we are focused on those al-Qaeda members and affiliates who pose a direct threat to the United States and to our national interests,” the Pentagon’s press secretary explained following the report’s release.

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