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In this special extended episode of Nation Conversations, executive editor Besty Reed asks Jeremy Scahill, The Nation's national security correspondent, whether the United States bears responsibility for the situation in Yemen. The answer, in short, is yes: "For the past ten years," Scahill says, "one of [Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh's] main sources, not only of income, but of forces that could be used against his domestic opponents, has been US counterterrorism assistance."
For more about the effects of US counterterrorism operations in Yemen, see Scahill's article "Washington's War in Yemen Backfires" in this week's issue of The Nation.
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