Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news.
Drones in Yemen
CNN (Mohammed Jamjoom and Barbara Starr) reports that the U.S. “offered extensive assistance beyond drone strikes during a massive anti-terror operation in Yemen [last weekend], including flying Yemeni commandos to a site where they killed scores of suspected al Qaeda members,” according to a U.S. official. Yemeni officials said that DNA tests are being carried out to determine if alleged al-Qaeda bomb-maker, Ibrahim al-Asiri is among those killed, while U.S. officials say the operation did not directly target al-Asiri.
At Just Security, Ryan Goodman and Sarah Knuckey offer a line-by-line analysis of the New York Times story on the U.S. and Yemeni military operations in Yemen. And be sure to check out Daphne Eviatar’s and Steve Vladeck’s posts discussing the decision by the Second Circuit in New York Times v. Department of Justice, which, among other things, orders the disclosure of a redacted version of an OLC memo relating to the targeted killing of Anwar al-Aulaqi.
Ukraine’s acting President, Oleksandr Turchynov has called on law enforcement agencies to renew their anti-terror operation in the country’s east, after reporting the discovery of two tortured bodies near the city of Slaviansk [CNN’s Laura Smith-Spark and Gul Tuysuz]. Ukrainian intelligence chief Valentyn Nalyvaichenko has said that up to a hundred Russian intelligence officers and special forces troops are leading the pro-Russian uprisings in eastern Ukraine [Atlantic Council’s James Rupert And Irena Chalupa].