Donald Trump bows to receive gold medal yesterday from Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz.
In March America’s NBC News reported that U.S. officials say the Trump administration is planning to make it easier for the CIA and military to target terrorists with drone strikes, even if it means tolerating more civilian casualties. The Pentagon no longer would have to show that the targets posed an imminent threat to the U.S. or declare a near certainty that no civilian would be harmed. The military’s declaration that parts of Yemen and Somalia are war zones has already had deadly consequences. Details are given on the The Bureau of Investigative Journalism’s website.
The latest news comes from The Intercept website this week, reporting on a drone strike late in April. In the remote Al Said area of Yemen’s Shabwah province an American drone observed a group of men eating lunch at a security checkpoint. The men did not panic – for many in the region, the sound of American drones in the sky has become part of daily life.
Suspecting that these men were Al Qaeda, the drone unleashed its missiles, and all eight were killed. A 27-year-old grocer said that neither his uncle nor the two young men with him were connected to any militant group and that five others killed left AQAP two years ago.
One man’s nephew heard the explosion from his home nearby and some accounts say that a second missile struck his relatives as they went to help.
Several areas of Yemen are suffering from the food shortages, disease epidemics and a large number of civilian casualties due to the U.S.-backed Saudi military campaign. But despite growing international outcry, no political solution seems to be in sight, as the Saudi-led alliance has repeatedly committed itself to crushing the Yemeni Houthi rebel movement at all costs.