As the strikes continue, public outrage is rising in Yemen, where many people, including government officials, argue that the attacks increase sympathy for al-Qaeda.
Jan. 17, 2014 Politicians, officials and intellectuals gather to talk politics and chew khat, a leafy narcotic, in the home of a prominent Yemeni politician in Sanaa, Yemen. Local anger has centered on the U.S. government’s highly secretive drone programs here. The U.S. drone campaign in Yemen is aimed at rooting out al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which U.S. officials have called the most active and deadly of the organization’s wings. Drones have carried out at least 80 attacks since the start of 2011, according to the Long War Journal, which tracks U.S. counterterrorism efforts. Abigail Hauslohner/The Washington Post Buy Photo