Details on the Monday US drone strike against Yemen have begun to emerge, and one of the three “al-Qaeda militants” slain turned out to have been a 12-year-old student named Mohammed Saleh Qayed Taeiman.
Taeiman’s father and older brother had been killed in US drone strikes back in 2012, and another of his brothers was wounded in another strike. Taeiman was in sixth grade.
Yet sixth grade and related to other victims of drone strikes was enough for him to be labeled a “militant,” while human rights group the Yemeni National Organization for Drone Victims dubbed him a “normal kid” who had recently been released from a Yemeni government hospital after being kicked by a camel.
The other victims of the drone strike included a farm worker who was married to a woman in Taeiman’s family, and a third person who is as yet unidentified. In both cases, the US claimed they were also al-Qaeda.
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Another example of why government "officials" who make statements for publication, should never be allowed to go unattributed – or their "facts" unchecked. Of course, with the lack of investigative reporters on site, officially or unofficially, making "facts" up are very hard to validate. But since TPTB have made it very unsafe for reporters to ask hard questions, the "facts" will continue to be manufactured without the government having to back them up.
it seems there were no senior/junior aq officials present so how can the usa justify the killing of children when it does not even agree with its current drone engagement policy. a living breathing kid was killed and then was branded as a terrorist. WHAT THE HELL CAN JUSTIFY THAT.
Obama is committing WAR CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY EVERY SINGLE DAY. Where are the ICC pimps?
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