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Drones Kill Dozens of Al-Qaida

Success or cover?

Apr. 21, 2014

Just days after a new video surfaced showing a gathering in Yemen of numerous al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) fighters, a series of drone strikes there killed dozens of jihadis. We wondered if the administration had missed a golden opportunity by not striking the videoed gathering of AQAP. So the question is was this a desperate attempt to cover for the embarrassment of missing the high-level gathering, or was it part of a longer-term attempt to smoke out more cells by letting the rats return to their nests?

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