'Operation Scorched Earth' A US Hand in Yemen's Civil War

Yemen is becoming an important refuge for al-Qaida terrorists, but authorities in the country are more interested in pursuing its war against Shiite rebels in the north. American weapons are used in the fight -- and the US secretly pursues terrorists on their own.
Von Juliane von Mittelstaedt
Yemeni soldiers take up a position against Houthi rebels in 2009 in this picture provided by the Yemeni army. US dispatches make it clear that the fight could not continue without US support.

Yemeni soldiers take up a position against Houthi rebels in 2009 in this picture provided by the Yemeni army. US dispatches make it clear that the fight could not continue without US support.

Foto: A2800 epa The Yemeni Army/ dpa

ORIGINAL: The Key Yemen Cables

Translated from the German by Paul Cohen
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