Rights Group: US Killed Civilians in Yemen Drone Attack

Thursday, 20 Feb 2014 01:32 PM

By Courtney Coren

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
A human rights group has found that a U.S. military drone strike in Yemen killed civilians in direct violation of President Barack Obama's new policy designed to minimize civilian casualties in drone attacks.

Human Rights Watch released a report Thursday examining a drone attack on a wedding procession in Yemen. U.S. and Yemen officials believed members of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula were in attendance, and said that several of the terrorist group's members were found among the dead.

Twelve men were killed and at least 15 others were injured in the attack. The bride was among the wounded.

Human Rights Watch spoke to several witnesses of the event as well as relatives of those who were killed and was told that the casualties were actually civilians and that there were no members of the terrorist group in the procession. One of those who died was the groom's adult son, the group was told.

Local officials admitted the attack was a mistake and have offered money and firearms as an apology to the families.

"The action of local authorities, coupled with accounts of witnesses, suggest that at least some of those killed and wounded were civilians," Letta Tayler, senior terrorism and counterterrorism research at Human Rights Watch and author of the report, said in a statement.

"If the procession included members of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, the United States needs to explain who they were and why they were lawful targets," Tayler added.

The group is asking that the U.S. government investigate the attack and make sure those responsible are held accountable for violating U.S. policy, as established by Obama in May 2013.

When the president unveiled his drone policy in a speech at Washington's National Defense University, he promised that drone attacks would only be used if a terrorist suspect cannot be captured otherwise.

"And before any strike is taken, there must be near-certainty that no civilians will be killed or injured — the highest standard we can set," Obama said.

Human Rights Watch released a different report in October alleging that several civilians were killed in six other U.S. strikes in Yemen in 2009, 2012, and 2013.

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Church of England Leaders Disagree on Marriage, Abortion

Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 16:28 PM

The Church of England is suffering "serious fractures" among its senior leaders over the issues of same-sex marriage and . . .

Missouri Republicans: Dems Will Suffer For Handling of Ferguson

Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 15:43 PM

Democrats will pay a big political price in Missouri for Gov. Jay Nixon’s failure to have the state’s National Guard on  . . .

Ben Carson: Race Relations Have Worsened Under Obama

Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 14:57 PM

Renowned neurosurgeon Ben Carson believes that race relations in the United States have worsened during President Obama’ . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved