A new investigation by The Associated Press has found that the U.S.-backed Saudi coalition has been making secret deals and pay-offs to al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in a war against Yemen’s Houthi rebels.
The U.S.-backed Saudi coalition has reportedly paid al-Qaida to withdraw from areas in southern Yemen:
The main provisions allowed al-Qaida fighters safe passage to retreat and to take weapons and cash with them, and hundreds of militant fighters were integrated into coalition forces.
Associated Press reporter Maggie Michael told Democracy Now how the U.S. Dept. of Defense has been lying to the American people:
We worked on examining the Emirati campaign against terrorism in southern Yemen repeatedly over the past year since 2016. Emiratis, along with the Pentagon, declared victories after victories against Al Qaeda, liberating cities from the group without really telling us how this happened.
We looked closely into different areas, basically Hadhramaut, Abyan and Shabwah, and in the three of these provinces, we found through tribal mediators, officials, witnesses, residents, that there was no actual fight on the ground.
What happened is the Qaeda militants pulled out days and months and weeks before the campaign started. They pulled out, leaving the city without any fight, and then the Emiratis deployed their forces and then they declared victory.
The Pentagon joins and says, “We have helped and assisted the Emiratis with a small force on the ground to defeat Al Qaeda.”
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