Attack on Wedding Convoy One of the Worst in History of Drone War in Yemen

By: Friday December 13, 2013 2:20 pm

A drone strike by the United States, which targeted a wedding convoy, reportedly killed anywhere from ten to seventeen people and injured as many as thirty individuals. Most of the people killed were civilians, which makes the attack one of the worst in Yemen since the US began to launch drone strikes against people the [...]

In US Drone Attack, Wedding Convoy Is Mistaken for an al Qaeda Convoy; At Least 15 Killed

By: Thursday December 12, 2013 1:29 pm

UPDATE – 2:20 PM EST: It is now being reported by Reuters that a wedding convoy was mistaken for an al Qaeda convoy in a drone attack that killed fifteen people. Ten were killed in the initial attack, according to Yemen security officials. Five injured died at a hospital. Five more were injured. No details [...]

EXCLUSIVE: State Department Seizing U.S. Passports in Yemen

By: Thursday December 5, 2013 8:44 am

The rights of citizenship are among the most crucial to a democracy– from citizenship flows the full range of legal protections against unwarranted government interference, and the ability to travel freely. Citizenship for an American is made plain by the issuance of a U.S. passport by the U.S. Department of State. That passport once could [...]

In Congressional Briefing, Yemeni Delegation Describe Terror Drones Bring to Their Communities

By: Wednesday November 20, 2013 11:53 am

“What could possibly justify terrorizing a community of 250,000 just for the purpose of killing one person?” At a congressional briefing hosted by Representative Alan Grayson and organized by CODEPINK, this was one of a number of questions posed as a delegation of individuals from Yemen spoke about the direct impact United States drones have [...]

Yemeni Civil Engineer, Who Had Two Family Members Killed by Drone, to Address Congress Members

By: Monday November 18, 2013 10:09 am

UPDATE: It has now been announced that Reps. Barbara Lee, Alan Grayson and Jan Schakowsky will be the hosts of a 4 pm congressional briefing at the Rayburn building in Room 2456 tomorrow. During the briefing, a Yemeni delegation will speak about the impact of US drones on their country. Testimony will be given by Faisal [...]

Obama Administration Has Launched Drone Strikes Against AQAP Suspects Who Could’ve Been Captured

By: Tuesday October 22, 2013 1:03 pm

Both Amnesty International and Human Right Watch (HRW) released reports on drone strikes launched by the United States, which included firsthand accounts of what happened from people who witnessed family, friends or others being killed or wounded. In some of the cases, individuals allegedly known to be members of al Qaeda, Taliban or other armed [...]

US, UK Seek to Neutralize Drone Opponents Whom They Perceive as Threats

By: Wednesday September 25, 2013 4:52 pm

A human rights activist in Yemen who testified in May at a United States congressional hearing on the US drone program was detained under the same United Kingdom terrorism law used to justify detaining Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald’s partner, David Miranda, in August. Simultaneously, Pakistani lawyer Shahzad Akbar, who has represented drone victims, says he [...]

Two Guantanamo Prisoners Transferred to Algeria While 84 Cleared Prisoners Remain in Detention

By: Thursday August 29, 2013 11:14 am

(update below) The Defense Department transferred two prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay prison into the custody of the Algerian government. It was the first repatriation of prisoners since President Barack Obama delivered a speech in May on the need to still close the prison. It also was the first transfer of a prisoner from the [...]

Yemeni Journalist Who Obama Kept in Prison Is Free

By: Tuesday July 23, 2013 3:27 pm

Yemeni journalist Abdulelah Haider Shaye, who United States President Barack Obama had been keeping in prison, has been released. Shaye was apparently given a presidential pardon that requires him to remain in Sanaa for two years. This means he would be prohibited from traveling to many of the areas where US drone strikes have taken [...]

No Press Freedom for Those Who Aggressively Report on America’s Dirty Wars

By: Friday May 3, 2013 2:47 pm

Today, United States officials are “reaffirming” the US’s “commitment” to freedom of speech and a free press on World Press Freedom Day, however, there remains one glaring case of repression against a journalist, who President Barack Obama has ordered Yemen to keep imprisoned. His continued imprisonment grossly undermines any messages coming from the US government [...]

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