On Friday November 25th 2016, #Wikileaks published files related to U.S. foreign policy in Yemen. Built of a set of 300 PDF files and 200 emails, the cache contains various official documents and correspondence reported to be from the Office for Military Cooperation inside the U.S. embassy in Yemen. Covering a span of time between 2009 through March 2015, the files examine U.S. actions within Yemen during #Hillary Clinton's term as Secretary of State as well as the two years of John Kerry's term in the build up to civil war. These files are available for download via Wikileaks' website.
Wikileaks investigates the Drone Wars
In 2002, the United States carried out it's first drone attack outside Afghanistan, targeting and killing 6 in Yemen. The U.S. drone campaign would not escalate in Yemen for another 7 years. Other theaters of asymmetrical warfare such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Sudan allowed the global drone campaign to expand. In the years following the United States #Drone Wars escalated in Yemen with at least 300 drone deaths between 2011-2012. Under the assertion of U.S. involvement in a non-international armed conflict between the United States, the Taliban, Al Qaeda and associated forces, targeted killings became a common element of modern warfare. Many legal experts have challenged the claim that extrajudicial executions carried out by reigning death from above foreign nations is the same as responding to an "armed conflict".
"The war in Yemen has produced 3.15 million internally displaced persons. Although the United States government has provided most of the bombs and is deeply involved in the conduct of the war itself reportage on the war in English is conspicuously rare," claims Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
The war in Yemen continues to expand on a daily basis. Heavily armed and trained fighters from various factions including al Qaeda, the Islamic State and the Hadi and Houthi contingents carry out deadly attacks against targets of all kinds damaging vital infrastructure, spreading terror, and murdering many. International humanitarian assistance programs and groups have pointed to the immense human crisis which continues to expand in Yemen as a result of the civil war which has embroiled the country since spring of 2015. Famine continues to be a lingering threat for those displaced by the on-going violence.
The humanitarian crisis in Yemen expands
According to Oxfam International, 80% of Yemen's population is currently in need of vital life-saving resources. The toll of war is immense. Anywhere that there is armed conflict, there is immense human suffering, displacement and lingering wounds that make it harder to establish cohesive neighborhoods and global communities.