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Children, Civilians Killed By U.S. Drones

Children, Civilians Killed By U.S. Drones

Context:

Recent reports show U.S. drowns, supposedly targeting members of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), struck a refugee village killing seven, including children and civilians.

In The News:

In early March, the ongoing and loosely-monitored U.S. drone program in Yemen killed 7 people in a refugee village, including a 5th grader. The strike that killed the child was the first of three attacks near al-Hudhi in the span of a week. Seven other people were killed in strikes on March 7 and March 9, according to members of the al-Mahashima tribe to which all of the dead belonged. Independent sources on the ground in Yemen, as well as the international rights group Reprieve, confirmed the tribe members’ accounts. The victims, they noted, were poor people displaced from al-Jawf province, their lives upended by fighting that has raged on since 2014. None of them were affiliated with the Islamic State or Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, known as AQAP, the sources said.

Support From Peace Science:

  • By highlighting civilian casualties and breaches of international law, international organizations can directly influence U.S. public opinion on drone policy.
  • U.S. public opinion on the drone program is more influenced by international organizations citing legal principles than by their own government claiming drones are legal and effective.

References:

  • “A 13-Year-Old Boy And Other Yemeni Civilians Were Killed In U.S. Drone Strikes This Month”. By Shuaib Almosawa & Maryam Saleh for The Intercept. March 26, 2018.
  • Peace Science Digest Volume 1, Issue 6. “International Influence on U.S. Public Support for Drone Strikes”
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