U.S. Officers Kill Civilians in Yemen

    Yemeni soldiers stand near a rocket launching during a major offensive against Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in the Maifaa region of Shabwa province on May 4, 2014. Yemen's army killed 37 Al-Qaeda suspects and wounded dozens on day six of a major offensive in the south of the country, the defence ministry said. AFP PHOTO / STR        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)


    An American Special Operations commando and a CIA officer shot and killed two civilians in Yemen two weeks ago, U.S. officials admitted late Friday. The civilians were armed and attempting to kidnap the American officers in a barbershop. It remains unclear what the officers were doing there; some American officials said they were getting haircuts in the upscale district of Sana, perhaps in order to downplay the possibility that they were engaged in a clandestine operation. They two officers were rushed out of Yemen with the blessing of the country's government after the incident.

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