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US: Some counter-terrorism operations in Yemen 'paralyzed'

Iran Press TV

Sat Jan 24, 2015 11:15AM

The US says it has brought to a halt some counter-terrorism operations against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Yemen following the resignation of President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi.

Hadi resigned after Ansarullah revolutionary fighters seized the presidential palace in the capital Sana'a on Thursday.

The overthrow of the US-backed government in Yemen on Thursday left America's campaign "paralyzed", the Reuters news agency quoted US security officials as saying on Friday.

Washington stopped its operations including drone strikes in order to assess the conditions on the ground in Yemen, the officials told the news agency.

The US also said it would pull out additional personnel from its embassy in Sana'a "in response to the changing security situation."

President Hadi submitted his resignation after the cabinet of Prime Minister Khaled Bahah stepped down to avoid being dragged into what he called "an unconstructive political maze that is not based on law or order."

Washington carries out drone strikes in Yemen and claims the targets are al-Qaeda militants. However, the attacks are very unpopular in the Arab country because of the high civilian casualties.

The drone strikes are part of the US government's official targeted killing policy, which calls for the assassination of potentially anti-US militants in Muslim counties in Asia and North Africa.

The United Nations and several human rights organizations have identified the US as the world's number-one user of targeted killings, largely due to its drone attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

AT/GJH



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