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'US Is Now Allied With al-Qaeda in Yemen': AP Reveals American-Backed Saudi Coalition Forged Deals With AQAP Fighters
New investigation reveals the coalition "cut deals" with extremist fighters
https://www.commondreams.org/news/20...n-forged-deals

AP Investigation: US allies, al-Qaida battle rebels in Yemen
https://apnews.com/f38788a561d74ca78...-it-to-go-away
ATAQ, Yemen (AP) — Again and again over the past two years, a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and backed by the United States has claimed it won decisive victories that drove al-Qaida militants from their strongholds across Yemen and shattered their ability to attack the West.
Here’s what the victors did not disclose: many of their conquests came without firing a shot.
That’s because the coalition cut secret deals with al-Qaida fighters, paying some to leave key cities and towns and letting others retreat with weapons, equipment and wads of looted cash, an investigation by The Associated Press has found. Hundreds more were recruited to join the coalition itself.
These compromises and alliances have allowed al-Qaida militants to survive to fight another day — and risk strengthening the most dangerous branch of the terror network that carried out the 9/11 attacks. Key participants in the pacts said the U.S. was aware of the arrangements and held off on any drone strikes.....
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(CD)....Soon after the Saudi-led coalition, with the United Arab Emirates being a key partner, began its bombing campaign in Yemen against the Houthi rebels in 2015, it was reported that al Qaeda militants were fighting on the same side as the Saudi militia to defeat the Iran-linked Houthis. The new Associated Press investigation, however, reveals that the coalition has made "secret deals with al-Qaeda fighters, paying some to leave key cities and towns and letting others retreat with weapons, equipment, and wads of looted cash."
Beyond that, the "coalition-backed militias actively recruit al-Qaeda militants," AP found, based on on-the-ground reporting including interviews with members of al Qaeda, tribal mediators, Yemeni security officers, and militia commanders.
The earliest such deal took place in the spring of 2016 when "thousands of al-Qaeda fighters ... pull out[ed] of Mukalla," a port city. From AP:
The militants were guaranteed a safe route out and allowed to keep weapons and cash looted from the city—up to $100 million by some estimates—according to five sources, including military, security, and government officials. [...]
Coalition-backed forces moved in two days later, announcing that hundreds of militants were killed and hailing the capture as "part of joint international efforts to defeat the terrorist organizations in Yemen."
A similar deal took place soon after in the province of Abyan. Again, the fighters would not be targeted with drone strokes as part of the deal, which also included a provision for hundreds of al Qaeda fighters the join the ranks of the UAE-backed Yemeni force there.
"There is no evidence that American money went to AQAP militants," AP reported, yet the U.S. does provide the coalition with key military assistance including air refueling and intelligence....
I thought we had to fight terrorist where ever they're found ... to keep us safe... except when we don't?

The 'war on terror' has always been primarily BS. Just an excuse for select wars and military actions around the world. and an excuse to curtail and remove freedoms at home.
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We never learn from our past foreign policy mistakes......
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Hear, hear......
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To be "allied with al-Qaeda" does, on the surface, sound shocking.

That is, until one remembers that we were once allied with Joseph Stalin--whose murderous policies actually caused the deaths of many times more people than those of the (also barbarous) Adolph Hitler.
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To be "allied with Al-Qaeda" does, on the surface, sound shocking.

That is, until one remembers that we were once allied with Joseph Stalin--whose murderous policies actually caused the deaths of many times more people than those of the (also barbarous) Adolph Hitler.
So you really think that we think we should be helping Al Qaeda in Yemen?
AlQaeda is like Stalin in WAR2 now? a NECESSARY ally or the world and America will fall to ...Yemen's rebels?
And what or who's the Yemenese "Hitler" trying to take over the world that must we fight with Al Qaeda in Yemen against exactly PJ?

But maybe they'll be like Stalin next month, huh?
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Sorry PJ didn't mean for that to sound so harsh
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So you really think that we think we should be helping Al Qaeda in Yemen?
AlQaeda is like Stalin in WAR2 now? a NECESSARY ally or the world and America will fall to ...Yemen's rebels?
And what or who's the Yemenese "Hitler" trying to take over the world that must we fight with Al Qaeda in Yemen against exactly PJ?

But maybe they'll be like Stalin next month, huh?
The analogy is, indeed, less than perfect. And you have (correctly) noted its chief imperfection.

I was merely pointing to the fact that various countries--including even the US--are not especially fastidious, morally, about whom they ally with, if it will help to get the job done.

(By the way, the UK is also a part of this Saudi-led alliance.)
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