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YEMEN: U.S. plays role in repression

That the United States supported former Yemenite strongman and fierce dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh for many years is no great secret. Members of Saleh’s family received U.S. military training, and a number of elite Yemen Army units they headed were responsible for instances of savage repression and gross violations of human rights.

Saleh was a “star pupil” in America’s anti-terrorism school, and Washington  was only too glad to underwrite his harsh counter-insurgency methods. All of this was done in the name of fighting al Qaida and other Islamic militant groups.

Saleh is gone, but his influence lingers inside Yemen. America

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