October 28, 2012At least three people have been killed in US assassination drone attacks in the northern Yemeni province of Sa’ada as Washington continues its illegal air strikes using unmanned planes in the country.
According to tribal sources, the victims were killed after a US drone hit three separate targets in Wadi al-Abu Jabara, some 250 kilometers north of the Yemeni capital, on Sunday, AFP reported.
The attack comes four days after rockets fired from a US drone killed at least seven people near the southern Yemeni city of Jaar in Abyan province.
People of Sa’ada have released several statements denouncing the presence of unmanned US drones flying over their country in recent weeks.
Washington uses its assassination drones in Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Somalia, claiming that they target the terrorists while the attacks mostly led to massive civilian casualties.
The United Nations has censured the US drone attacks as targeted killings, stressing that they flout international law.
According to a recent report by Yemen’s National Organization for Defending Rights and Freedoms, over 300 people have been killed in US drone attacks carried out in the southern regions of the country so far in 2012.
Reports, however, say that the CIA is seeking to expand its covert drone attacks in Yemen, despite the fact that the airstrikes mostly result in civilian casualties.
President Obama has redefined the word “militant” to mean any male of military age in a strike zone; this has caused the number of civilian casualties to be lower than it actually is & under-reported by American media.
When you are tortured … they beat and beat you until everything is pain. Until there is so much pain that you give up thinking it will stop. In fact you stop hoping it will stop… . Then suddenly, one day, your cell opens and in comes a “nice” fellow who offers you a cigarette. For him you will do everything, anything.
[A Sinhalese] General told me that counter-insurgency is just like that except that instead of giving pain to a person you give pain to a whole community until it too stops hoping it will stop and starts only hoping for the lesser pain. Then you come in as the “nice fellow” and offer them a cigarette, or a constitution, and they will do anything for you.”5
What Sivaram described is strikingly reminiscent of the current situation in northwest Pakistan. Drones may have proven unreliable as tools of precision warfare, but they have yielded unexpected dividends as vehicles of state terror. Although the details of drone strategy remain secret, it appears that the US is consciously using “collectivized torture” as a means of coercing popular consent, not only in Pakistan but also in Yemen, Afghanistan, Somalia, North Africa, and other flashpoints of resistance to US domination."
— From “Collectivized Torture”: Drone Warfare and the Dark Side of Counterinsurgency by Jacob Levich (via thepeoplesrecord)
— Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. So far, this has been the UN’s biggest condemnation of Obama’s drone war. In the latest incident, a US drone killed 16 people in Pakistan on Monday. (via thepeoplesrecord)