U.S. declassifying attacks in Yemen, Somalia

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Robert Burns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press has learned the White House is partially lifting the lid of secrecy on its counterterrorism campaigns against al-Qaida in Yemen and Somalia.

For the first time, the White House's semiannual report to Congress on the state of U.S. combat operations abroad mentions what has been widely known for years but never formally acknowledged: The U.S. has taken "direct action" against al-Qaida members in Yemen and Somalia.

The report does not elaborate, but "direct action" is a military term of art that refers to a range of lethal attacks, which in the case of Yemen and Somalia include attacks by armed drones. The report does not mention drones or other weapons.

The report was delivered Friday to Congress.

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