7,502. 1/2/2010

“When the first two American missile strikes against Qaeda camps in Yemen took place in December 2009, [Yemeni President] Mr. [Ali Abdullah] Saleh publicly claimed that they were Yemeni strikes to avert any anti-American backlash. [Central Command leader] Gen. David H. Petraeus flew to Yemen to thank the president, who promised to keep up the ruse. ‘We’ll continue saying the bombs are ours, not yours,’ Mr. Saleh said [on January 2, 2010], according to a cable.”

 – Scott Shane, “WikiLeaks Archive – U.S. Helps Yemen Defy Al Qaeda,” The New York Times, Dec. 3, 2010

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