US drones kill Yemen civilians

This video is called Yemeni Civilians Protest U.S. Drone Attacks (November 2011).

By Will Morrow:

US expands military intervention into Yemen

4 July 2012

Under the guise of the “war on terror,” the Obama administration is expanding US military operations in Yemen through stepped-up drone attacks and special operations forces on the ground.

What is being presented as a US offensive against the local Al Qaeda affiliate, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), is in reality a direct military intervention to prop up the widely despised regime of President Mansour al-Hadi, which confronts a developing civil war throughout the country. The Yemeni military is fighting armed tribal and Islamist forces, particularly in the south and, reportedly, southern separatist armed groups and protesters.

In its coverage of US military operations, the Western media has, predictably, repeated as good coin US and Yemeni government claims—without any evidence—that those killed by Yemeni forces and US drone strikes are AQAP “militants.”

In the latest display of the US military’s reckless indifference toward civilians, Yemeni officials told Xinhua news agency that a drone pursued a pick-up truck into the southern port city of Aden on June 25, before firing two missiles and killing all three passengers. It is reportedly the first strike inside Aden, which has a civilian population of more than 800,000 people. No evidence has been provided to support claims that the three men were AQAP members. Referring to an article in the Arabic-language Mareb Press, UPI noted: “Residents in Aden worry the drones will bring only destruction to the province.”

The Military Solution: The Lessons Washington Can’t Draw From the Failure of the Military Option. Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch: “Americans may feel more distant from war than at any time since World War II began. Certainly, a smaller percentage of us – less than 1% – serves in the military in this all-volunteer era of ours and, on the face of it, Washington’s constant warring in distant lands seems barely to touch the lives of most Americans”: here.

USA: Billions of Tax Dollars for Drones While Kids Starve and Cities Go Broke: here.

Drone strikes are “capital punishment for people accused of a crime without being given a trial” – German legal expert: here.

Tensions between the Obama administration and the Pakistani government remain high amid continuing US drone strikes in Pakistan: here.

CIA drone strikes violate Pakistan’s sovereignty, says senior diplomat: here.

“Whatever Is Left Is Just Pieces of Bodies and Cloth”: New Report Details the Horror of Living Under Drones: here.

18 thoughts on “US drones kill Yemen civilians

  1. Aden University staff continue pay strike

    Administrative staff at Aden University, in Yemen, continued their strike for a second week. They closed the University Presidency Gate in protest against salaries that are lower than their colleagues at Sana’a University.

    “The strikers also demanded the official hiring of almost 200 workers who have been working on contracts; this also occurs with employees at Sana’a University,” reported the Yemen Times, Monday.

    Lutfi Bakhwar, the general secretary of the Aden University Employees Union, said the strike and the closing of the University presidency would continue until the issues were addressed.


    Yemeni security guards go on strike over work hours and pay

    Security guards at the Al-Sharq Masood Security Company, who guard the Liquid Natural Gas Company’s (LNG) facilities in Balhaf, Shabwa, announced a strike over work hours and pay for an hour per day starting on Friday, June 22.

    The guards threatened to increase their strike to three hours on Sunday because the security company didn’t pay attention to their demands three months ago, according to Saleh Al-Madhaji, head of the company laborers’ union.

    The Al-Sharq Masood Security Company workers’ union in Balhaf issued the escalating strike plans. The liquid gas project in Balhaf is the largest gas project the Yemeni government operates. It exports gas to the world market from the harbour.


    Lebanese civil servants strike to demand wage increase

    Civil servants staged a three-hour strike Tuesday to urge the cabinet to approve a wage increase for public workers.

    The strike was called by the Unions’ Coordination Committee. It included employees of the Economy Ministry, the Culture Ministry and the Central Inspection Department.

    Civil servants in the east’s Baalbek and Hermel, Mount Lebanon’s Aley, the north’s Akkar, Bsharri, Koura and Mina-Tripoli, and the south’s Nabatieh stopped working for several hours. In some towns and cities, the strikers held sit-ins.


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