Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Drones Are Being Operated From A Secret Airbase In Saudi Arabia
The US Central Intelligence Agency is operating a secret airbase in Saudi Arabia for the last two years. The facility was established for the hunt of members of Alqaeda in the Arabian Penninsula, based in Yemen. A drone flown from there was used in September 2011 to kill Anwar Awlkali, a US born cleric who as alleged to be AQAP's external operations chief. US media have known its existence since then but have not reported it. Senior government official said they were concerned that the disclosure will undeermine operations against AQAP, as well as potentially damage counter-terrorism collaboration with Saudi Arabia. The revelation of drone base came shortly after the leaking of a US justice department memo detailing the Obama administration's case for killing Americans abroad who are accused of being 'senior, operational leaders' of Al-Qaeda or its allies.