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PRESS RELEASE: US proxy war in Yemen exposed by Wikileaks revelations

Written by CP Editor Monday, 29 November 2010
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The release of ‘secret’ US State Department documents has revealed that the US has been conducting a proxy war in Yemen with the agreement of the Yemeni authorities.

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Cageprisoners
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29 November 2010

 

PRESS RELEASE: US proxy war in Yemen exposed by Wikileaks revelations

 

 

 

The release of ‘secret’ US State Department documents has revealed that the US has been conducting a proxy war in Yemen with the agreement of the Yemeni authorities. Until this time, the US has been very keen to distance itself from any accusation that it has been behind the programme of targeted assassinations in Yemen.

 

The revelations show that there has been a direct agreement between the two countries that the US army would be permitted to bomb suspected al-Qaeda targets and evidently will not be held to account. Rather, as another revealed cable explicitly states, that the Yemen government will take responsibility for any bombing operations conducted  by the US, the Yemeni president Abdullah Saleh explicitly stating, “We’ll continue saying they are our bombs, not yours.”

 

Once again the US is not officially bringing its activities within the purvey of the laws of armed conflict and is flouting international law in the process. By failing to declare it is operationally involved in a conflict, the US has not fulfilled its obligation to abide by the required conduct of hostilities as required under the Geneva conventions. More disturbingly, it has manipulated one of the poorest countries in the world into taking responsibility for a crime that it is itself responsible for: extrajudicial killings.

 

Cageprisoners Executive Director, Asim Qureshi, said of this revelation,

 

“The US has been conducting a proxy war in Yemen outside of the international law or armed conflict and are thereby failing to uphold their obligations under international humanitarian law. This latest revelation is an extremely cynical development as the US government continues to disregard its international obligations and has rather chosen to run clandestine operations in Yemen. These revelations will only be further damaging to the reputation of the US in the Muslim world.”

 

Cageprisoners will be raising the issue with the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Killings in order to highlight the disgraceful way in which the US is currently conducting its operations and the serious breaches of international law.   

 

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1 Comment

  • Comment Link A Muslim Monday, 20 December 2010 19:04 posted by A Muslim

    Salaam alaykum

    These days US do not fight new wars openly,they keep the gun on the shoulders of puppets to shoot Muslims.

    may Allah subhanawatala guide us all always ,ameen

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