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Memo authorising drone attacks on US citizens released

Drones

The memo used to justify the legal killing of American citizens on foreign soil by drone strikes has finally been released Monday by the Department of Justice after months of legal wrangling and pressure from the ACLU and New York Times. The legal request for the memo came about after the 2011 deaths of three U.S. citizens in Yemen by ... Read More »

Drone operator speaks out: “This is what you are not told”

Hermes 450 drone

Whenever I read comments by politicians defending the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Predator and Reaper program – aka drones – I wish I could ask them a few questions. I’d start with: “How many women and children have you seen incinerated by a Hellfire missile?” And: “How many men have you seen crawl across a field, trying to make it to the nearest compound for ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

The drone that killed my grandson

Abdul al-awlaki

I learned that my 16-year-old grandson, Abdulrahman — a United States citizen — had been killed by an American drone strike from news reports the morning after he died. The missile killed him, his teenage cousin and at least five other civilians on Oct. 14, 2011, while the boys were eating dinner at an open-air restaurant in southern Yemen. I ... Read More »

‘Underwear bomber’ was working for the CIA

Yemeni soldiers

A would-be “underwear bomber” involved in a plot to attack a US-based jet was in fact working as an undercover informer with Saudi intelligence and the CIA, it has emerged. The revelation is the latest twist in an increasingly bizarre story about the disruption of an apparent attempt by al-Qaida to strike at a high-profile American target using a sophisticated device ... Read More »

Yemenis rally against US assassination drone attacks

Yemen protest US drones

People have taken to the streets in Yemen’s northern Sa’ada Province to denounce the US assassination drone attacks in their country. The Yemeni demonstrators on Sunday called on their government to sever its ties with Washington. The protesters chanted anti-US slogans, condemning the most recent drone attacks which killed three people in Wadi al-Abu Jabara, in the province of Sa’ada ... Read More »

Yemeni president says he approves of US assassination drone strikes on his people

Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi

Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi has for the first time admitted that he personally approves every US assassination drone attack in Yemen. “Every operation, before taking place, they take permission from the president,” Hadi said in an interview with the Washington Post on Saturday. This is the first time that the Yemeni president has publicly acknowledged his direct role in approving US ... Read More »