Foreign Policy

Yemen Fed U.S. Bad Intel: Report

Maybe the U.S. should reconsider allowing Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh here on a medical visa? According to The Wall Street Journal, some U.S. military leaders believe Yemen fed them bad intelligence last year in order to trick them into killing a local political leader who had fallen out with Saleh. The strike on May 25, 2010, killed six people, including Jabir Shabwani, the deputy governor of Yemen's central Mareb province. While the Yemeni government provided intelligence for the strike, it did not say that Shabwani would be present. “We think we got played,” says one official.