Drone strike kills 15 wedding party-goers in Yemen

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Fifteen people who had been heading to a wedding in Yemen have been killed in an air strike. Local media reported that a drone attack had been responsible, and the party-goers had been hit instead of an Al-Qaeda convoy.

“An air strike missed its target and hit a wedding car convoy, ten people were killed immediately and another five who were injured died after being admitted to the hospital,” a Yemeni security official told Reuters.

Five more people were injured in the attack which took place in Radda, central al-Bayda province on Thursday, the source added.

The group had been en route to the the village of Qaifa, the site of the wedding, when it was hit. The assault left charred bodies strewn in the road and vehicles on fire, officials told AP.

While officials would not identify the source of the air strike, local and tribal media sources attributed the deaths to a drone attack.

No comment followed as to whose drone may have delivered the strike. However, the US is known for its counter-terrorism assistance to the country which at times includes UAV raids.

Washington has recently increased the intensity of its drone strikes in Yemen – despite widespread criticism sparked by the fact that strikes are not always accurate. In October, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counterterrorism Ben Emmerson said that US drone strikes killed 2,200 in the past decade, 400 of whom were civilians.

Yemen is considered to be the Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)’s main foothold of what is deemed the most active wing of the militant network.

Critics maintain that the drone strikes program in the country has done nothing to stem the growth of Al-Qaeda, and has even increased support for the terror network.

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Source: http://rt.com/news/yemen-strike-drone-wedding-161/

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  1. Give me 15 minutes in a closed room with one of those joystick jockeys. He would be munching his puny testicles. PHock the USA.

  2. I remember seeing AP footage of a wedding that was bombed by U.S. airstrike in Iraq in 2004.

    Lots of dead kids.

    Maybe it’s a way of taking out the local bloodlines that are a threat to foreign-imposed ‘regime change’.

  3. The drone assassination program is put in its real perspective when one considers that anyone opposing a USA puppet regime is a “terrorist”. This includes social workers, protest leaders, politicians, etc. One only need look at the violence and subterfuge that the USA has sowed in Central and South America the past 100 years. USA-compliant dictators have ruled while USA-trained and equipped death squads have murdered anyone who presents a serious threat to the ruling junta.

    “Land of the free, home of the brave” just doesn’t apply anymore!

  4. Perhaps the whole point of all these drone attacks is to insure that terrorism never ends. For each person killed, there must be a dozen new terrorists created, all the friends and loved ones of those murdered. And of course every drone attack is in reality a terrorist attack. It’s all good for those making billions of dollars in the terrorism business.

  5. Lets assume that one or two of these individuals were some kind of terrorist or whatever, now without due process, someone gives an order have them killed. Now keep in mind we are assuming they are or a few are guilty, who or what in its right mind feels they have the right to kill the other innocent 14,13,12 11,10 ? or how many maybe all are innocent. Who calls himself a warrior that kills from thousands of miles away using a joy stick? I think he is a coward and a pussy. I think he and all involved are heartless, soulless and are anything but human. How many of these were women and children? This action and all others like them are a disgrace. I wonder how the people of the shooting nation would feel if another country was doing this to their loved ones without due process? I wonder how they would feel seeing their children and women )mothers) being butchered like this? We all know the answer, and that makes this even worse. The real terrorist and real criminals here,are the shooters.

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