US Drone Strikes Against Yemen Didn’t Eliminate ‘Threat,’ Officials Admit

Obama Scrapped Rules Designed to Limit Civilian Casualties

Two weeks, 12 drone strikes, and 49 people killed. That’s the late July-early August count for US attacks in Yemen, and while officials say “at least 14” of the slain were probably militants, none of them were named.

And even if the attacks used the “threat” of imminent attack as an excuse, officials concede that the strikes weren’t really retaliatory against those attackers and did nothing to prevent the “threat.”

Rather, the administration had put in place a number of “limits” on such strikes in the months ahead of the period, mostly aimed at reducing the number of civilian casualties. Scandalously enough, officials say the limits were simply removed because of the threat, leading to the massive increase in attacks.

But an awful lot of those attacks hit things not remotely related to militants, blowing up a clinic and a school in Jaar, killing a number of civilians, and fueling anti-US sentiment across the nation.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of