“Targeted strikes,” a group of 27 prominent U.S. foreign policy experts said in a letter to Obama in June, are “not a sustainable solution” to terrorism.
Drone strikes and other airstrikes in Yemen have dramatically increased this year. Obama has authorized at least 41 strikes, the majority of them this year, according to figures compiled by the Washington-based New America Foundation. At least 10 alleged militants were killed in two separate strikes Tuesday, Yemen’s official news agency said.
On Wednesday, however, Brennan said that the focus on targeted killing ignores the administration’s “comprehensive approach.”
“This year alone, U.S. assistance to Yemen is more