‘Jihadi John’ ISIS murderer murdered, victims’ families disagree

This video from the USA says about itself:

Civilian Deaths in Drone Strikes – Devastating Report

“…a new Amnesty International investigation that found, among other points, that at least 19 civilians in the surrounding area of North Waziristan [in Pakistan] had been killed in just two of the drone attacks since January 2012 — a time when the Obama administration has held that strikes have been increasingly accurate and free of mistakes. The study is to be officially released on Tuesday along with a separate Human Rights Watch report on American drone strikes in Yemen, as the issue is again surfacing on other fronts.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, a vocal critic of the drone campaign, is to meet with President Obama in the White House. And on Friday, the drone debate is scheduled to spill onto the floor of the United Nations, whose officials have recently published reports that attacked America’s lack of transparency over drones…”.* The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.

*Read more here from DECLAN WALSH and IHSANULLAH TIPU MEHSUD / NYTimes.com.

By Paddy McGuffin in Britain:

Cameron slammed for revelling in Emwazi assassination

Saturday 14th November 2015

Medieval murderer should have been held to account in a court of law say victims’ families, Labour and rights campaigners

PRIME MINISTER David Cameron described Britain’s role in the extrajudicial killing of one of its own citizens as “the right thing to do” yesterday — but faced criticism over his attitude toward “state-sponsored assassinations.”

Mr Cameron was speaking following unconfirmed reports that Mohammed Emwazi, also known as “Jihadi John,” had been killed in a British-US drone strike against terror group Islamic State (Isis).

Mr Cameron said Britain had been working “hand in glove” round the clock with US operatives to track down and target the militant, who he described as Isis’s “lead executioner.”

Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook confirmed US forces conducted an air strike in Raqqa on Thursday night targeting Emwazi.

However many of the victim’s families and friends have said they wanted Emwazi caught alive.

Mr Haines’s widow Dragana said Emwazi did not deserve an “honourable” death and there would have been “moral satisfaction” if he had been captured alive.

Louise Woodward-Styles, a friend of murdered hostage Alan Henning who organised a candlelit vigil for the taxi driver after he was captured, was “sceptical” about labelling the killing as a success.

Drones are not the answer, nor is bombing innocent people,” she said. “I would rather he be brought back to face justice.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “We await identification of the person targeted in last night’s US air attack in Syria.

“It appears Mohammed Emwazi has been held to account for his callous and brutal crimes.

“However, it would have been far better for us all if he had been held to account in a court of law.

“These events only underline the necessity of accelerating international efforts, under the auspices of the UN, to bring an end to the Syrian conflict as part of a comprehensive regional settlement.”

Campaigning group Cage also criticised the move, reaffirming its opposition to extrajudicial killing of any kind.

State-sponsored targeted assassinations undercut the judicial processes that provide the lessons by which spirals of violence can be stopped,”it said in a statement.

“Emwazi should have been tried as a war criminal.”

Emwazi came to notoriety in videos depicting the beheading of British aid workers Alan Henning and David Haines and US journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff.

He also appeared masked in videos showing the killings of US aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig and Japanese journalists Kenji Goto and Haruna Yukawa.

Former prime minister Tony Blair claimed it was right to “take the fight” to Isis — and suggested the killing of Emwazi underlined the need for Britain to join US air strikes in Syria.