Drones

Yemeni Anti-Americanism Builds on Drone Strike Anger

Making friends, one assassination at a time

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"Mrs. Michelle Obama: Tell us can your husband sleep after so many innocent people were killed by his drones?" read a banner held by a Yemeni activist at a recent rally to protest increasing American drone strikes in Yemen.

The rally reflected the growing anti-American feeling among Yemenis, who strongly oppose increasing drone strikes that sometimes result in the killing of innocent civilians, including women and children.

So while American forces are succeeding in hitting gunmen in al-Qaeda, the drone strikes have also fueled anger against the US, especially in areas regularly vulnerable to the attacks.