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December 16, 2013
14:58 // 10 months ago
December 12, 2013

Military error leads to bombing of a wedding in Yemen

  • 15 people were killed while attending a wedding in Yemen on Thursday, after military officials apparently mistook the wedding party for an al-Qaeda convoy and reportedly used an unmanned drone to bomb the site. source
16:16 // 10 months ago
December 5, 2013

Bombing, shooting in Yemen confirmed to be deadliest act of terror in 18 months

  • 52 doctors and nurses were killed in a coordinated attack that targeted Yemen’s Ministry of Defense, according to government officials. Several foreign nationals have been reported killed in the attack, including doctors from Venezuela and the Phillipines.
  • 162 people were injured during the attack, which began after both a car bomb was detonated outside of the ministry; however, authorities have yet to confirm how many gunmen and responding military personnel died in the attack. source
15:44 // 10 months ago
August 7, 2013
17:54 // 1 year ago
August 6, 2013

U.S. orders embassy personnel, other citizens out of Yemen as soon as possible

  • Friday The United States urged caution on the part of any/all citizens traveling abroad; specifically those currently in or headed to Northern Africa and/or the Middle East, following the discovery of a credible threat by possible terrorists apparently allied with al-Qaeda. Relatively little information about a specific target(s) was released; however, the White House made clear the directives were the result of a very real threat.
  • Tuesday U.S. civilians in Yemen are being urged to leave the country and the White House has ordered the evacuation of U.S. embassy staff as both the U.S. and Yemeni government brace for possible attacks that could include dozens of al-Qaeda operatives. The unprecedented local response is apparently in response to intercepted communications between al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula commander Nasser al-Wuhayshi. source
14:52 // 1 year ago
February 19, 2013
hipsterlibertarian:

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism just announced a new project, “Naming the Dead,” which “will seek to identify as many as possible of those killed in US covert drone strikes in Pakistan, whether civilian or militant.”

‘In the face of official secrecy, having the full facts about who is killed is essential  for an informed debate about  the effectiveness and ethics of the drone campaign,’  said Christopher Hird, managing editor of the Bureau.

They’re going to start with Pakistan and then move on to Yemen and Somalia. This is an important project. 

The administration’s use of, and tact on drone strikes is undoubtedly  one of the most controversial parts President Obama’s record. But from a journalistic standpoint, so little basic information is known about the people who’ve been killed. This seems like a good start.

hipsterlibertarian:

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism just announced a new project, “Naming the Dead,” which “will seek to identify as many as possible of those killed in US covert drone strikes in Pakistan, whether civilian or militant.”

‘In the face of official secrecy, having the full facts about who is killed is essential  for an informed debate about  the effectiveness and ethics of the drone campaign,’  said Christopher Hird, managing editor of the Bureau.

They’re going to start with Pakistan and then move on to Yemen and Somalia. This is an important project. 

The administration’s use of, and tact on drone strikes is undoubtedly  one of the most controversial parts President Obama’s record. But from a journalistic standpoint, so little basic information is known about the people who’ve been killed. This seems like a good start.

19:44 // 1 year ago
June 2, 2012
If you go to Yemen where I was, and you see the unexploded cluster bombs, and you have the list and photographic evidence, as I do, of women and children that represented the vast majority of deaths in the first strike that Obama authorized on Yemen, those people were murdered by President Obama, on his orders, because there was believed to be someone from Al Qaeda in that area.
Jeremy Scahill, national security reporter for The Nation • Leveling a dire condemnation against President Obama, on the topic of U.S. drone strikes. Scahill was speaking on MSNBC’s “Up With Chris Hayes” (clearly a show accustomed to recent controversy), and as one could expect his remarks have drawn wide criticism. This is an issue Scahill is very close to — he’s reported from Yemen before, and claims one strike he investigated killed some 35 people, 14 of them children. Redstate.com founder Joshua Treviño pushed back, suggesting he was saying something ‘no reasonable person’ would. We think there’s a very worthy conversation to be had about the moral ramifications of this new sort of warfare, we just hope it doesn’t become too intense at expense of the dialogue. source (viafollow)
20:42 // 2 years ago
May 21, 2012

Suicide bomber strikes military parade rehearsal in Yemen

  • 90 soldiers killed; over 200 more injured in the attack source

» Military leaders targeted: The rehearsal for Tuesday’s National Day parade, in Sanaa, was not interrupted until an explosion during final salutes. Several army commanders and a defense minister were beleived to be the target of the attack. Officials say that the parade will take place as scheduled. The bombing is the most serious attack orchestrated by the al-Qaeda affiliated group, who also warned of further violence should the U.S. not withdraw its military from the region.

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15:14 // 2 years ago
May 8, 2012
18:30 // 2 years ago
Making bombs is not that difficult. It’s the creative touch he adds, how they’re concealed, how they’re conceived. The printer bomb, for instance, was considered by bomb technicians around the world to be a brilliant stroke. So it boils down to one person, but one very dangerous person.
CBS correspondent and former Deputy Director of National Intelligence John Miller • Discussing the alleged creator of the latest “underwear bomb," Ibrahim Hassan al Asiri, who is considered supremely skilled at creating — and more importantly, cleverly hiding — dangerous weapons. The bomb was uncovered before it could get on a plane and acquired via a covert CIA operation in Yemen. FBI bomb experts are currently investigating the weapon in Virginia, which they note does not contain metal. (viafollow)
10:02 // 2 years ago