Yemen Under Attack

Brian Hagan | The Liberty Beat

According to the Several so-called al-Qaida militants are dead, following the third United States drone strike in three days in Yemen.  Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Guardian reports that Monday morning attack follows one on Saturday that left three civilians and 10 suspected militants dead, and another drone strike Sunday that killed around 30. An update from The Guardian reports that:

“The killing of about 55 people in southern Yemen has highlighted an ongoing US-backed campaign against al-Qaida‘s most active frontline. Reports from Sana’a and Washington confirmed the deaths in air raids and drone strikes against targets in Shabwa and Abyan provinces, a stronghold of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (Aqap). Apparent retaliation followed swiftly, with four Yemeni security officers gunned down in the last 24 hours. The aerial attacks – described by one experienced observer as “massive and unprecedented” – started on Saturday and ended late on Monday.The death total of 55 was announced by Yemen’s interior ministry. The Yemeni army said 53 dead included 35 Yemenis and foreigners who were killed in Abyan on Sunday; 12 killed on Monday; three killed in Shabwa on Sunday and three more in Marib on Monday.”

Continuous drone strikes have consistently been a topic of controversy. A recent civil liberty appeal has pushed for more transparency for drone warfare as reported by Fox News:

“A federal appeals court on Monday ordered the Obama administration to release a redacted version of secret memos justifying the use of drones to kill American citizens abroad….requests came after a September 2011 drone strike in Yemen killed Anwar al-Awlaki, an Al Qaeda leader who had been born in the United States, and another U.S. citizen, Samir Khan, and after an October 2011 strike killed Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, al-Awlaki’s teenage son and also a U.S. citizen. Some legal scholars and human rights activists complained that it was illegal for the U.S. to kill American citizens away from the battlefield without a trial.”

Its no surprise that there should be some sort of independent form of regulation for drone warfare. Its a relatively new form of combat and should not be allowed to operate with such regard as to harm innocent lives. Its pivotal for americans to lobby for further information on the methodology of drone operation in order to prevent misuse.

Sourced from: The Liberty Beat and The Guardian