US drone strikes help Saudi Arabia keep Yemen divided: US journalist
A US journalist says the United Statesâ€™ assassination drone strikes in Yemen are part of a bigger scheme to help Saudi Arabia keep its tiny and impoverished neighbor divided.
In an exclusive interview with Russia Today news network on Tuesday, Ryan Dawson said that the air strike campaign in Yemen is rarely mentioned by state-owned US media like ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox.
He said part of this whole debacle is assisting Saudi Arabia as Washington and Riyadh are partners. Dawson highlighted that US drone attacks in Yemen are in Saudi Arabiaâ€™s interest.
The journalist further noted that Yemen is a playground for drone warfare, and US aerial strikes in the impoverished Arab state are assisting Saudi Arabian officials in their aim of keeping Yemen divided as they have been doing since the 1960s.
The remarks came as two days after thirteen civilians, among them two women, lost their lives in a US assassination drone strike.
The attack took place at around 4:00 p.m. local time (1300 GMT) on Sunday in the Radaa area – situated 130 kilometers (80 miles) southeast of the Yemeni capital, Sanaâ€™a – and struck two vehicles.
Washington has been using its assassination drones in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia and claims that it is targeting terrorists, but the attacks have mostly led to massive civilian deaths.
The UN has slammed the US terror drone attacks as targeted killings and says they pose a challenge to the international law.
Reports, however, say that the CIA is seeking to expand its covert drone attacks in Yemen, despite the fact that the airstrikes mostly result in civilian casualties.