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The Sentence That Enabled Our Endless War Turns 17 Today

A single sentence, written as the ruins of the World Trade Center still smoldered, has been the legal foundation for 17 years of war.

Gregory D. Johnsen One year ago

This Man Is The Leader In ISIS's Recruiting War Against Al-Qaeda In Yemen

BuzzFeed News has identified the leader of ISIS in Yemen, which is proving itself bloodier and more violent than AQAP.

Gregory D. Johnsen 4 years ago

Congressman Slams Changes To Hostage Policy As "Window Dressing"

The White House is expected to announce Wednesday that it will no longer threaten hostage families with prosecution for paying ransom.

Hayes Brown 4 years ago

How CIA Director John Brennan Became America's Spy And Obama's Conscience

How did the candidate of hope and change turn into the president of secret kill lists, drone strikes hitting civilians, and immunity for torturers? The answer may lie in his relationship with the CIA director, a career bureaucrat turned quiet architect of a morally murky national security policy who isn't going to let a little thing like getting caught spying on the Senate bring him down.

Gregory D. Johnsen 4 years ago

Ground Forces Seen Joining Bloody War In Yemen

"Ground forces will enter the war," an Egyptian military official tells BuzzFeed News.

Gregory D. Johnsen 4 years ago

Al-Qaeda Commander Freed In Yemen Prison Break

Another 300 prisoners were also released when masked gunmen stormed the facility. The incident underscores the degree to which the country's security forces have collapsed amid months of political chaos and the recent barrage of a Saudi-led bombing campaign.

Gregory D. Johnsen 4 years ago

Saudi Bombs Begin Falling In Yemen With No Clear Endgame

Saudi Arabia has a coalition in place but nobody is quite sure how the military offensive will restore Yemen's internationally recognized president to power.

Gregory D. Johnsen 4 years ago

Is Yemen About To Turn Into A Regional Battleground?

Struggles between two former presidents, three militant groups, and the entire rest of the region are sending Yemen back down the path to civil war.

Gregory D. Johnsen 4 years ago

Yemen May Be Past The Point Of Peaceful Return

A bloody past two days of fighting — involving two former presidents and a rebel force — may kill off any lingering hopes of unity.

Gregory D. Johnsen 4 years ago

Meet The Group That Now Rules Yemen

Who are the Huthis, where did they come from, and where are they going? BuzzFeed News’ Gregory Johnsen reports.

Gregory D. Johnsen 4 years ago

The End Of Yemen?

Yemen's constant state of political crisis reached a new zenith on Thursday with the president's resignation. But the worst may be yet to come.

Gregory D. Johnsen 4 years ago

Why Yemen Constantly Appears To Be In The Middle Of A Coup

Unresolved answers to just who is going to lead Yemen moving forward make it seem as though the country is constantly in danger of collapsing.

Gregory D. Johnsen 4 years ago
Gregory D. Johnsen 4 years ago

No Contact With Paris About Charlie Hebdo Attack: Yemeni Official

One of the gunmen reportedly trained at an al-Qaeda camp in Yemen.

Gregory D. Johnsen 4 years ago

How I Escaped A Kidnapping Attempt In Yemen

For a decade, Yemen was like a home away from home for me — until the day I was nearly abducted in broad daylight, and narrowly missed suffering a grim fate similar to other journalists drawn to covering, and living in, the Middle East.

Gregory D. Johnsen 4 years ago

Yemen’s Bloody Weekend Leaves Hundreds Dead And Rebels On The Rise

The Houthi rebel movement is a growing power in troubled Yemen. Its rise is part of a feud that stretches back a decade, and the bloodshed is unlikely to end here.

Gregory D. Johnsen 5 years ago

The U.S. Adds Another Enemy In A War Without End

After vowing to repeal post-9/11 war authority, Obama has now vastly expanded it by invoking it in the war against ISIS.

Gregory D. Johnsen 5 years ago

Obama Will Fight ISIS With George W. Bush’s Legal Theories

John Yoo: "Obama has adopted the same view of war powers as the Bush administration."

Gregory D. Johnsen 5 years ago

Obama Has 6 Weeks To Make His Assault On ISIS Legal

The longer airstrikes continue, the shakier the president's legal footing becomes.

Gregory D. Johnsen 5 years ago

Nothing Says "Sorry Our Drones Hit Your Wedding Party" Like $800,000 And Some Guns

On Dec. 12, 2013, a drone struck and killed 12 members of a wedding party in Yemen. If the U.S., which claims the strike was clean and justified, didn't pony up the $800,000 in cash and guns as reparations, then who did?

Gregory D. Johnsen 5 years ago