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Gov’t admits to request for US drone strikes

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US Drone Strike

By: NY Staff

Abu-Bakr Al-Kurbi ,Yemen’s Foreign Minister, has admitted that the government in Sana’a requested US drone attacks within the nation’s borders..

Al-Kurbi revealed on Wednesday that Sana’a had asked officials in Washington to send assassination drones to Yemen “in case Al-Qaeda leaders fled.”

“The fear lies in the infiltration of extremists and terrorists into Yemen from Somalia,” Al-Kurbi explained.

“It is very difficult for us to tell the difference between someone who has been displaced for humanitarian reasons and a terrorist,” he added.

In May, US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta admitted to the use of drones in Yemen for the first time.

The United States has launched frequent drone attacks not just in Yemen, but also in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Somalia.

Officials in Washington claim they are only targeting militants, but witness reports and figures provided by local officials indicate that civilians have been the main victims of drone strikes.