A secret CIA program to kill top al-Qaeda leaders with assassination teams was outsourced in 2004 to Blackwater USA, the private security contractor whose operations in Iraq prompted intense scrutiny, according to two former intelligence officials familiar with the events.
Editor’s Note – This operation was originally launched in 2001, shortly after al Qaeda killed over 3,000 Americans on 911. Why wouldn’t we go after their leadership using any and all available options?
- CIA calls al Qaeda in Yemen top terror threat (sfgate.com)
- US to step up pressure on Al-Qaeda in Yemen: official (alternet.org)
- Blackwater in $42 million export rules penalty (reuters.com)