cause to undergo combustion
As the five men stood arguing by a cluster of palm trees, a volley of remotely operated American missiles shot down from the night sky and
incinerated them all, along with a camel that was tied up nearby.
destroy completely, as if down to the roots
The killing of Mr. Jaber, just the kind of leader most crucial to American efforts to
eradicate Al Qaeda, was a reminder of the inherent hazards of the quasi-secret campaign of targeted killings that the United States is waging against suspected militants not just in Yemen but also in Pakistan and Somalia.
an aircraft without a pilot and operated by remote control
From his basement office in the White House, Mr. Brennan has served as the principal coordinator of a “kill list” of Qaeda operatives marked for death, overseeing
drone strikes by the military and the C.I.A., and advising Mr. Obama on which strikes he should approve.
conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods
clandestine war will receive a rare moment of public scrutiny on Thursday, when its chief architect, John O. Brennan, the White House counterterrorism adviser, faces a Senate confirmation hearing as President Obama’s nominee for C.I.A. director.
an increase in rate of change
That continues a remarkable
acceleration over the past two years in a program that has carried out at least 63 airstrikes since 2009, according to The Long War Journal, a Web site that collects public data on the strikes, with an estimated death toll in the hundreds.
increase in extent or intensity
In a series of e-mails, tensions appeared to be
escalating inside the firm's headquarters in Lower Manhattan as it publicly professed that its ratings were valid, even as the home loans bundled into mortgage-backed securities, or M.B.S., were failing at accelerating rates.
incapable of being justified or explained
S.& P. said prosecutors cherry-picked e-mails and that it would vigorously defend itself from "these
clearing of guilt or blame
"What we don't know yet is, what's the other stuff that could be out there?" he added, noting that the vast body of internal documents might also contain
exculpatory material for S.& P.
lower someone's spirits; make downhearted
“The thing that slightly
depresses me is the resulting and consequent lack of brave, new work appearing seasonably on the Broadway stages,” said Jack O’Brien, a Tony-winning director of plays and musicals.
make one's entrance
The women most mentioned are Julia Roberts and Ms. Johansson, who won a supporting-actress Tony in 2010 for her Broadway
debut in Arthur Miller’s “View From the Bridge,” which Mr. Thompson also produced.