The U.S. previously has operated strikes against militants in Yemen - the country is home to American-traitor the radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki - but these were conducted with the knowledge of Yemen's government. The CIA program will have different legal restrictions, and will be modeled after the Pakistan strikes - conducted without express permission of the country. The CIA program was originally slated to begin in July, but officials say it has been pushed back a few weeks due to logistical concerns. Washington is worried that Yemen's power vacuum will allow radical al Qaeda militants to come to power.
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