The United States has unintentionally helped weaken Yemeni President Saleh's regime. For years, US policy neglected Yemen's civil society, focusing instead on hunting down terrorists. These operations caused the deaths of dozens of civilians, fuelling popular anger against Saleh.
Nation Books author Jeremy Scahill's important new story on Yemen in The Nation this week lifts the veil off of America's secret war there — and brings to light the hypocrisies of US intervention in the Middle East since widespread pro-democracy protests began earlier this year.
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