June 5, 2012
Drifting Into a Bad War in Yemen
Gregory Johnsen, Waq al-Waq
On December 17, 2009 the US carried out a missile strike against what it believed to be an al-Qaeda training camp in the south Yemeni governorate of Abyan. Unfortunately, what the US believed to be an al-Qaeda training camp turned out to be a bedouin encampment, and the NYT later described the attack as a "sloppy strike."