(RT) Abdulelah Haider Shaye, who exposed a US strike in Yemen that killed dozens of civilian women and children, is now reported freed by the country’s authorities. He had been jailed after a personal phone call from Washington to Yemen’s leadership.

Shaye is thought to have came to the attention of Washington when he revealed that a US strike on the village of al-Majala in December of 2009 had allegedly killed over 40 civilians, including 14 women and 21 children, along with suspected militants. That attack had previously been billed as a Yemeni airstrike on an al-Qaeda training camp.

He had until then been known for his ability to cultivate contacts with extremist groups like al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), skills that according to The Guardian led to regular work reporting for Western media outlets such as ABC News and The New York Times.

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