Yemen Denies 'Fake News' That It Withdrew Permission For US Ground Operations

Tyler Durden's picture

Fake news?

Yesterday evening, The New York Times reported that:

Angry at the civilian casualties incurred last month in the first commando raid authorized by President TrumpYemen has withdrawn permission for the United States to run Special Operations ground missions against suspected terrorist groups in the country, according to American officials.


Grisly photographs of children apparently killed in the crossfire of a 50-minute firefight during the raid caused outrage in Yemen.


While the White House continues to insist that the attack was a “success” — a characterization it repeated on Tuesday — the suspension of commando operations is a setback for Mr. Trump, who has made it clear he plans to take a far more aggressive approach against Islamic militants.

With NYT notably remarking on President Trump's involvement...

Mr. Obama deferred the decision to Mr. Trump, who appeared inclined to grant it: His approval of the Jan. 29 raid came over a dinner four nights earlier with his top national security aides, rather than in the kind of rigorous review in the Situation Room that became fairly routine under President George W. Bush and Mr. Obama.

And the New York Times concluded with almost gleeful abandon that specialists in Yemeni culture and politics have cautioned that Al Qaeda would seize on the raid to whip up anti-American feelings and attract more followers (seemingly forgetful of the 100s killed by Obama's drone program).


HOWEVER... As The Washington Post reports today, The New York Times story is incorrect... Yemen’s top diplomat said the country has called for a “reassessment” of a Jan. 28 raid that left multiple civilians and a U.S. service member dead, but Yemen did not issue an outright ban on future American-led missions, a report said Wednesday.

The statement by Yemen’s foreign minister, Abdul-Malik al-Mekhlafi, according to the Associated Press, followed a report in the New York Times that Yemen had revoked permissions for the United States to continue ground counterterrorism operations in the country, a base for one of al-Qaeda’s most dangerous affiliates.


Mekhlafi told the AP that “Yemen continues to cooperate with the United States and continues to abide by all the agreements.”


He added, however, that the Yemeni government “is involved in talks with the U.S. administration on the latest raid.”


“It’s not true what’s being said,” said a senior Yemeni official in Aden, referring to the reports of a Yemeni ban on U.S. commando operations. The official spoke by phone from Aden where the internationally recognized government of Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi is based.


“We and the international community are working side-by-side to fight terrorism,” he said

Furthermore, US CENTCOM has not stopped its operations...


“We are aware of reports indicating the Yemeni government requested a suspension of U.S. ground operations,” said acting State Department spokesman Mark Toner in a statement. “We note that the Yemeni foreign minister has denied these reports.”

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barndoor's picture

I think the US will be welcomed as liberators in Yemen.

D Nyle's picture

Saudi Arabia hates Yemen because they sided with Saddam to spit Saudi down the middle and is the excuse for their war with them. When I was there a Yemenese would be what ever you wanted for 50 bucks. Yemen used to kidnap Contractors for on average 2 million dollars and 4 toyota 4X4's (they didn't plan to go far and treated the prisoners with respect). But that ended when they discovered GAK. GAK (no sure if it's spelled right) is a sage type brush that you chew and gets you high as a kite for hours.this is now the scurge of Saudi Arabia. Saudi aready has a major drug problem and GAK sent that problem threw the roof. So now Saudi has doubled it's effort to eradicate Yemen.

CheapBastard's picture

Would the New York Slimes lie to the American people .... again?

macholatte's picture


NYT & WaPo have zero credibility. 

It’s now impossible to tell if anything they say is real or fake. So everything they say should be ignored.

Muh Raf's picture

"Saudi aready has a major drug problem" - you can get everything and anything in the expat compounds of Saudi and that's always been the case. A friend of mine took coke for the first time out there and eventually developed a Hollywood sized habit. It comes through in the diplomatic bags and the authorities know all about it and don't give a fig. Saudi is only a dry country for the plebs, there's a fully stocked bar in every palace and well connected home. The Saudis are attacking Yemen becaus they've been told to. Saudi doesn't have any independent foreign policies and never has had. They do as their told and that maintains the status quo of the elites and let's face facts, who'd want to do anything that would put such a large earner at risk?

VangelV's picture

Love the ambiguity.  Great posting that appeals and incites both sides.  

Jayda1850's picture

Oh joy! The US will continue to insert itself into a civil war on the side of the Sunnis. Glad we cleared that up. Wahhabism first!

VangelV's picture

That is where everything goes badly for you guys.  No matter who is in the White House, the War Party gets its funding and its conflicts.  I wonder if Trump will figure out that the Saudis were the ones that funded the 9/11 attacks and that the Yemen raids are not against ISIS or al-Qaeda but against the Houthis.  

SteveNYC's picture

So....who is actually fighting who in Yemen? 


balolalo's picture

like all wars.... 

the wealthy wanting more


everyone else who still has something they want or shouldn't be allowed to have

(i.e. resources, money, land, self-esteem, self-respect, independence, etc....)

VangelV's picture

You are siding with the people who funded the 9/11 attacks.  

IridiumRebel's picture

Just stop reading these dinosaur news fuckers.
Everything is a lie or half-truth.

FinMin's picture

The New York Times building should be struck with artillery until it collapses.

mr1963's picture

Any different than the press's treatment of BLM? They'll side with the terrorists as long as they think it'll dent Trump.

pods's picture

I'm so glad that killing brown people in Yemen is in our nation's best interest.

What a shitshow.


Jayda1850's picture

We can bomb the shit out them, but goddamn it they're not welcome here. Pretty fucked up mentality.

CheapBastard's picture

<< I'm so glad that killing brown people in Yemen is in our nation's best interest.>>

That's why they called Obama the "Magic Negro" ... because he could kill countless innocent brown ad black people and the media 'magically' never criticized him.

blue51's picture

The goal to have Financial control of ALL oil sales , from North Africa & ME countries....will continue.

CheapBastard's picture

Obama and his pals the Sadui Beheaders have been bombing Yemen for years now.

Obama and Hillary would been bombing/slaughtering the people of if Yemen, Libya and Syria hadn't a blown up the twinn towers.


Oh, wait a second....

scallywagrab's picture

Everything they say is a lie or a half truth to garnish whatever agenda they are working on at any particular day;-)

deplorable nation's picture

Who gives a shit about Yemen? 99% of the brain-deads on the street couldn't even remotely tell you where the shithole is. Another failed Obama military adventure.

ross81's picture

so are you lumping yourself in with that 99% of brain deads or what?

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

To go ( with this bit of "fake news" out of Yemen that the population tacitly approves of America bombing the shit out of it on behalf of their "pimp" and financial patron Saudi Arabia!

Dana if I might make a suggestion to you after everything you've done as a lawmaker on Capital Hill starting with the destruction of Yugoslavia in the 1990s which almost started a nuclear confrontation with Russia at a little airport in Pristina and ending with the annihilation of Saddam's Republican Guard and Bader brigades which was the reason their was stability in that part of the World before your involvement in March of 2003...

Find a nice retirement villa in Coronado California before you wind up like Randy "Duke" Cunningham or "worse"!

esum's picture

let the saudis worry about yemen.... 

if they want our help.... PAY FOR IT .. RAGHEADS

oh and thanks for 9/11.......


Maestro Maestro's picture

Trump=Wall Street


Iconoclast's picture

Relatively tiny country has the easiest oil and gas reserves to steal, like taking candy off a baby, rude not to. Lots off offshore possibilities, once you own their territorial waters to.

As always; it's a resource war p, behind the fake news.

To Hell In A Handbasket's picture

What is the phrase I always here on British TV? "The Americans are a force for good, a shining light to the world and a beacon of democracy" lol What a crock of shit! Everywhere in the ME the USSA is suffers in some shape, or form. The USSA should be Persona non grata in that entire region for at least 40 years. Kick out every USSA ambassador and tell them they are not welcomed.         

JailBanksters's picture

If you don't give us permission to come in a bomb the crap out of you,

we're going to come in there and bomb the crap out of you.