Britain’s MI6 provided crucial intel for Obama’s drone war in Yemen

Britain’s secretive MI6 intelligence agency and fed the CIA with essential targeting information for the Obama administration’s clandestine drone campaign against the Yemen-based terror group al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, according to report published Thursday.

For the past decade, British intelligence has actively cooperated with the U.S. and Yemeni agencies in the covert war against AQAP, said the report by VICE News, pointing to a previously undisclosed level of participation by London in Washington’s secretive counterterrorism operations.

One of the most prominent examples came in May 2012, when a U.S. drone strike executed Fahd al-Quso, a suspected AQAP field commander believed to have participated in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole that killed 17 American sailors in the Yemeni port of Aiden.

Vice News claimed that former senior CIA official responsible for operations in Yemen told the news organization that “the most important contribution” to the intelligence for the al-Quso strike

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