Obama defends US counter-terrorism strategy in Yemen

January 25, 2015 15:03

NEW DELHI- President Barack Obama defended his administration's drone-based counter-terrorism strategy against al-Qaida militants in Yemen, saying the alternative would be to deploy US troops, which he said was not sustainable.

"It is not neat and it is not simple, but it is the best option that we have," Obama told reporters at a news conference.

The United States has not suspended its counter-terrorism operations in Yemen after Iran-backed Houthi rebels took over last week, Obama said.

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