America's Dangerous Game
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Added: Apr 20th 2012
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Last year, the Obama administration celebrated the killing of Anwar
al-Awlaki, a leading figure in al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP),
as the latest military victory in its new counter-terrorism strategy
focused on covert kill/capture operations.
In the US, the
al-Awlaki strike looked like a clear tactical victory against AQAP,
which Washington now considers its most dangerous enemy in the 'war on
But from a Yemeni perspective, the US' covert military campaign seems to be undermining its own strategic interests.
Critics say that even when they hit their intended targets, US missile strikes and raids just further destabilise the country.
the American need for proxy forces and intelligence tied the US into a
dangerous and compromising alliance with Yemen's embattled and unpopular
president, Ali Abdullah Saleh. Now he has been forced out by protests
against his authoritarian regime, the White House's efforts may come to
America's Dangerous Game, from filmmakers
Richard Rowley and Jeremy Scahill, reveals the full scale of the covert
war in Yemen and asks the question: Is the US creating more enemies than
it can kill or capture?