Report Reveals Civilian Casualties of U.S. Drone Strikes in Yemen

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There are more than 80 names at the end of a human rights report published online this week. Each one is said to belong to a civilian killed or maimed as a result of U.S. missile strikes in Yemen since 2009. They were mothers, fathers, children and grandparents – and they stand in contrast to claims that the United States does not launch missiles into Yemen unless there is a "near-certainty that no civilians will be killed or injured," as President Obama told the nation in May.

The names are preceded by 25 pages of detailed descriptions of U.S. airstrikes in Yemen and their consequences, offering a rare level of information on specific attacks and their physical, psychological and financial impacts on individual Yemeni civilians.

"For me, its power is in the totality," says Gregory D. Johnsen, a former Fulbright Fellow in Yemen and author of the book The Last Refuge: Yemen, Al Qaeda, and America's War in Arabia. "We tend to hear about these strikes in drips and drabs over the course of months and years, but the report is the most comprehensive one I've seen on U.S. strikes in Yemen."

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  1. The comments on that Rolling Stone piece are depressing.

    Most of them are either Obamallators or “Mooslim Peril” nutbars.

    1. Many Obama supporters are simply in a state of disbelief about the carnage from drone strikes and about other police state evils. They had so thoroughly convinced themselves that the Dem’s were morally superior, that they’re lost.

      Libertarianism is unthinkable to them of course, yet many of them must realize how bleak things are in their camp with the highest profile candidate for the next cycle – Hillary Clinton – being an establishment careerist who wouldn’t dream of challenging the war machine.

      On the GOP side you at least have a few people rhetorically flirting with the idea of defecting to libertarianism.

  2. my co-worker’s step-aunt makes $76 every hour on the computer. She has been unemployed for six months but last month her pay check was $21126 just working on the computer for a few hours. Read more on this site…. http://www.cnn13.com

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