Yemeni tribesmen protest against US drone strikes killing civiliansJanuary 4, 2013
Dozens of armed tribesmen took to the streets in southern Yemen on Friday to protest against drone strikes that they say have killed innocent civilians and increased anger against the United States.
A drone killed at least three suspected al Qaeda militants including a local commander in the town of Redaa on Thursday, the fifth strike by a pilotless plane in the area in 10 days.
One tribesman participating in a sit-in in front of the government administration building in Redaa told Reuters by telephone that at least seven innocent civilians were killed in the recent raids.
"If the authorities don’t stop the American attacks then we will occupy the government institutions in the town," he said.
Another said: “The government has opened up the country to the Americans so that they can kill Muslims.” The protesters were carrying rifles, as Yemeni tribesmen usually do, and there was no report of violence.
Separately, an army officer was kidnapped by suspected drug traffickers in Yemen’s eastern region of Hadramout, a local security official told Reuters, declining to be identified.
The kidnapping, which happened in the desert near the Saudi border, was thought to be a revenge act against an army operation against drug trade in the area three days ago that forced a group of traffickers to flee, the source said.
ORDERS
Yemeni officials will not comment on who exactly carries out drone attacks and on whose orders. Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi spoke openly in favor of the strikes during a trip to the United States in September.
Praised by the U.S. ambassador in Sanaa as being more effective against al Qaeda than his predecessor, Hadi was quoted as saying that he personally approved every attack. Hadi has not commented on the most recent strikes.
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is considered by Western governments to be the most active and dangerous wing of the global network, and has attempted a number of attacks against U.S. targets.
Redaa was the scene in September of the killing of at least 10 civilians including a 10-year-old girl in an air strike that apparently missed its intended target, a car carrying militants nearby, tribal officials and residents said.
In 2011, AQAP offshoot, Ansar al-Sharia (Partisan of Islamic Law), seized a number of towns in the south that were retaken by the government in a U.S.-backed offensive in June.
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Yemeni tribesmen protest against US drone strikes killing civilians
January 4, 2013

Dozens of armed tribesmen took to the streets in southern Yemen on Friday to protest against drone strikes that they say have killed innocent civilians and increased anger against the United States.

A drone killed at least three suspected al Qaeda militants including a local commander in the town of Redaa on Thursday, the fifth strike by a pilotless plane in the area in 10 days.

One tribesman participating in a sit-in in front of the government administration building in Redaa told Reuters by telephone that at least seven innocent civilians were killed in the recent raids.

"If the authorities don’t stop the American attacks then we will occupy the government institutions in the town," he said.

Another said: “The government has opened up the country to the Americans so that they can kill Muslims.” The protesters were carrying rifles, as Yemeni tribesmen usually do, and there was no report of violence.

Separately, an army officer was kidnapped by suspected drug traffickers in Yemen’s eastern region of Hadramout, a local security official told Reuters, declining to be identified.

The kidnapping, which happened in the desert near the Saudi border, was thought to be a revenge act against an army operation against drug trade in the area three days ago that forced a group of traffickers to flee, the source said.

ORDERS

Yemeni officials will not comment on who exactly carries out drone attacks and on whose orders. Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi spoke openly in favor of the strikes during a trip to the United States in September.

Praised by the U.S. ambassador in Sanaa as being more effective against al Qaeda than his predecessor, Hadi was quoted as saying that he personally approved every attack. Hadi has not commented on the most recent strikes.

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is considered by Western governments to be the most active and dangerous wing of the global network, and has attempted a number of attacks against U.S. targets.

Redaa was the scene in September of the killing of at least 10 civilians including a 10-year-old girl in an air strike that apparently missed its intended target, a car carrying militants nearby, tribal officials and residents said.

In 2011, AQAP offshoot, Ansar al-Sharia (Partisan of Islamic Law), seized a number of towns in the south that were retaken by the government in a U.S.-backed offensive in June.

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US drone strike kills seven in Waziristan

January 2, 2013

Seven people were killed and several others injured in multiple US drone strikes carried out in the South and North Waziristan tribal regions on Thursday, DawnNews reported.

In the attack in South Waziristan, an unmanned drone fired two missiles at a house killing four people, locals who recovered the bodies said.

The drone continued to buzz in the skies after the attack, causing fear and panic among the area residents.

Separately, three people were killed and several others injured in a drone attack in the Mubarak Shahi village in North Waziristan tribal region’s Mir Ali Tehsil.

The US drone targeted a vehicle with two missiles, and then fired another two missiles when rescuers gathered at the site to carry the bodies and the injured.

The death toll from the drone strike in North Waziristan was expected to rise, security sources told Dawn.com.

There were reports of a key Taliban commander being targeted in the strike, sources said.

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As if drone strikes on villages killing innocent people weren’t disgusting enough, the “double-tap” method of striking a second time to target rescuers is even more repulsive. 

The Obama administration has also begun to escalate drone strikes in Yemen, with four strikes last week alone, rising from 18 strikes in 2011 to 53 in 2012... as those in Pakistan, Somalia & beyond continue to take lives.

It’s also important to note how the media covers drone strikes, often citing those killed as “militants,” a definition Obama changed to mean any male of military age in a strike zone.

Update: At least 13 were killed. The death toll is still expected to rise.

A Foreign Office spokesman on Thursday said that a protest had been lodged by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the US Embassy in Pakistan on drone strikes inside Pakistani territory that took place on October 10 and 11.
October 11, 2012
The Foreign Office spokesman, in a statement, said that the United States Embassy was informed that the drone strikes on Pakistani territory were a clear violation of International Law and Pakistan’s sovereignty.
These attacks are unacceptable to Pakistan, he added.
Earlier today, a US drone attack killed 16 suspected militants and injured six others in the Orakzai agency of Pakistan’s tribal region on Thursday.
Four missiles were fired in the Buland Khel area of the Orakzai agency, which is close to the borders of the North and South Waziristan tribal regions in Fata.
“The attack was aimed at the compound of Maulana Shakirullah, who is the commander of the Hafiz Gul Bahadur group of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP),” officials said.
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It should be noted that the definition of “militant” under the Obama Administration is any male over the age of 18 who is in a drone strike zone. So as we’ve pointed out before, if you’re a 76 year old male shop owner killed by a drone strike, the White House automatically reports your death as the successful assassination of a “militant”. If you’re a 19 year old student on your way home from class and you’re killed in a drone strike, the U.S. dismisses your death as the death of a militant. It’s a disgusting and unjust way to conduct foreign policy. 

A Foreign Office spokesman on Thursday said that a protest had been lodged by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the US Embassy in Pakistan on drone strikes inside Pakistani territory that took place on October 10 and 11.

October 11, 2012

The Foreign Office spokesman, in a statement, said that the United States Embassy was informed that the drone strikes on Pakistani territory were a clear violation of International Law and Pakistan’s sovereignty.

These attacks are unacceptable to Pakistan, he added.

Earlier today, a US drone attack killed 16 suspected militants and injured six others in the Orakzai agency of Pakistan’s tribal region on Thursday.

Four missiles were fired in the Buland Khel area of the Orakzai agency, which is close to the borders of the North and South Waziristan tribal regions in Fata.

“The attack was aimed at the compound of Maulana Shakirullah, who is the commander of the Hafiz Gul Bahadur group of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP),” officials said.

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It should be noted that the definition of “militant” under the Obama Administration is any male over the age of 18 who is in a drone strike zone. So as we’ve pointed out before, if you’re a 76 year old male shop owner killed by a drone strike, the White House automatically reports your death as the successful assassination of a “militant”. If you’re a 19 year old student on your way home from class and you’re killed in a drone strike, the U.S. dismisses your death as the death of a militant. It’s a disgusting and unjust way to conduct foreign policy. 

"Militants": Media PropogandaTo avoid counting civilian deaths, Obama re-defines “militant” to mean “all military-age males in a strike zone”
Virtually every time the U.S. fires a missile from a drone and ends the lives of Muslims, American media outlets dutifully trumpet in headlines that the dead were ”militants” – even though those media outlets literally do not have the slightest idea of who was actually killed. They simply cite always-unnamed “officials” claiming that the dead were “militants.” It’s the most obvious and inexcusable form of rank propaganda: media outlets continuously propagating a vital claim without having the slightest idea if it’s true.
This practice continues even though key Obama officials have been caught lying, a term used advisedly, about how many civilians they’re killing. I’ve written and said many times before that in American media discourse, the definition of “militant” is any human being whose life is extinguished when an American missile or bomb detonates (that term was even used when Anwar Awlaki’s 16-year-old American son, Abdulrahman, was killed by a U.S. drone in Yemen two weeks after a drone killed his father, even though nobody claims the teenager was anything but completely innocent: “Another U.S. Drone Strike Kills Militants in Yemen”).
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"Militants": Media Propoganda
To avoid counting civilian deaths, Obama re-defines “militant” to mean “all military-age males in a strike zone”

Virtually every time the U.S. fires a missile from a drone and ends the lives of Muslims, American media outlets dutifully trumpet in headlines that the dead were ”militants” – even though those media outlets literally do not have the slightest idea of who was actually killed. They simply cite always-unnamed “officials” claiming that the dead were “militants.” It’s the most obvious and inexcusable form of rank propaganda: media outlets continuously propagating a vital claim without having the slightest idea if it’s true.

This practice continues even though key Obama officials have been caught lying, a term used advisedly, about how many civilians they’re killing. I’ve written and said many times before that in American media discourse, the definition of “militant” is any human being whose life is extinguished when an American missile or bomb detonates (that term was even used when Anwar Awlaki’s 16-year-old American son, Abdulrahman, was killed by a U.S. drone in Yemen two weeks after a drone killed his father, even though nobody claims the teenager was anything but completely innocent: “Another U.S. Drone Strike Kills Militants in Yemen”).

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