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A Simple Question

A Simple Question

At the end of 2009, Yemen’s Foreign Minister Abu Bakr al-Qirbi estimated that there were around 200 – 300 members of AQAP in Yemen.

Today, John Brennan suggested that group has more than 1,000 members.

This, as I’ve pointed out before, begs a very simple question: why the increase?

We know the US has been carrying out missile strikes in Yemen since December 2009 and yet the group continues to grow.  Why?

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My question to ponder for the weekend is this: Is the US approach to fighting AQAP in Yemen actually making the problem worse?


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