Category Archives: Yemen

When the truth is also a lie: drone strikes in Yemen

Human Rights Watch has called upon the U.S. government to investigate a 2013 drone strike in Yemen that targeted a wedding procession. The December 12 attack, which was probably carried out by the military’s JSOC, killed 12 men and wounded … Continue reading

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Yemen’s National Dialogue Conference: ban drones

As U.S. targeted killings in Yemen increase, the country’s post-revolutionary council recommends making the practice illegal. Yemen’s National Dialogue Conference (NDC), the body appointed to chart a post-revolutionary course for the country, has recommended that the new Yemeni constitution make … Continue reading

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U.S. drone strike in Yemen kills 17

On the 13th of December a U.S. drone struck a wedding convoy in Yemen, killing 17 people. Some of the dead were suspected to belong to al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), but the majority were not. The vehicles were … Continue reading

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Human Rights Watch: US airstrikes in Yemen a violation of international law

After a rush of organizations releasing reports on US drone strikes in the past few days, HRW has released a Yemen-based study, “Between a Drone and Al-Qaeda”. United States targeted airstrikes against alleged terrorists in Yemen have killed civilians in violation … Continue reading

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Creating Monsters (Dirty Wars, A Review, Part 6)

This is my final report on Jeremy Scahill’s must-read book, Dirty Wars. It covers counter-terrorist operations in Yemen. Jeremy Scahill’s “Dirty Wars” – first impressions Dirty Wars: A Review, Part 1: The Rise of Neoconservatives Dirty Wars: A Review, Part 2: The … Continue reading

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Civilian trauma in Yemen – the psychological impact of drones

“The drones, it’s like sitting next to someone playing with a revolver. You’re afraid it may go off at any moment.” This article by François-Xavier Trégan in the Guardian paints a distinct picture: that drone strikes, however “targeted”, create a … Continue reading

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2012: The CIA’s Shift to Yemen away from Pakistan

According to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, 2012 saw the continued decrease in drone strikes in Pakistan, and the opposite in Yemen – with a rapid escalation in strikes when compared to 2010. In Pakistan, there were 47 strikes in … Continue reading

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