Reuter’s headline: “Air strike kills 15 civilians in Yemen by mistake: officials.”
Fifteen people on their way to a wedding in Yemen were killed in an air strike after their party was mistaken for an al Qaeda convoy, local security officials said on Thursday.
The officials did not identify the plane in the strike in central al-Bayda province, but tribal and local media sources said that it was a drone.
“An air strike missed its target and hit a wedding car convoy, ten people were killed immediately and another five who were injured died after being admitted to the hospital,” one security official said.
Five more people were injured, the officials said.
The United States has stepped up drone strikes as part of a campaign against Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), regarded by Washington as the most active wing of the militant network.
Yemen, AQAP’s main stronghold, is among a handful of countries where the United States acknowledges using drones, although it does not comment on the practice.
Human Rights Watch said in a detailed report in August that U.S. missile strikes, including armed drone attacks, have killed dozens of civilians in Yemen.
Congratulations! We just murdered 15 innocent people on the way to a wedding. Murdered. Well done, Mr. President… maybe you can prop this story on the shelf behind your Nobel Peace Prize.
Also, I hope the drone pilot outside Las Vegas had a nice lunch with his wife, after slaughtering these folks.
“They hate us for our freedoms.” Yeah, right. Let me puke.
Covenantally, if you are an American citizen, then there is a very real “we” involved here. Our taxes pay for this, so we cannot eschew all responsibility for what is done, unless we renounce our citizenship.
This is sickening. God, forgive us.