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US Resumes Trend of Drone Attacks on Yemen

Sunday's attack marks second drone strike on country in less than a week

- Andrea Germanos, staff writer

A US drone strike in Yemen killed two people described in corporate media as suspected al Qaeda militants on Sunday, the second such attack in the country in less than a week.

"It is difficult not to think it doesn't matter to US whether they terrorize (and radicalize) entire populations as they check another name off their 'kill list,'" writes one Yemeni youth activist. (Image: Yemeni tourism) The strike hit a house in Wadi Adeeda in the Marib province, east of the capital, which was reportedly storing weapons.

Agence France-Presse adds: "A tribal source said the strike was followed by ground clashes in which two Yemeni soldiers and a militant were killed."

The two strikes in the past several days break a nearly three-month lull in US drone strikes on Yemen.

Following the April 17 drone strike on the Yemeni village of Wessab, Farea Al-Muslimi, a youth activist and writer originally from there, provided via Twitter a counter-narrative to the justifications of drone strikes.

In an op-ed in Al-Monitor the following day, he questions why a drone strike was necessary at all.

In an area like Wessab, there is nothing easier than capturing a man like al-Radmi. Two police officers would have been more than capable of arresting him. [...]

...was it really necessary to conduct an operation that costs hundreds of thousands of dollars, while two soldiers could have captured the target? [...]

If al-Radmi was a target, an arrest would have been simple. He was not some elusive figure, hiding far from the reach of the central authority. He lived a few hours from Sanaa and less than a kilometer away from government headquarters.

Al-Muslimi adds that "The 'collateral damage' of drones cannot just be measured in corpses," as they are counterproductive and are terrorizing and traumatizing a generation.

... it is tempting to conclude that the US has no interest in a measured response to terrorism. It is difficult not to think it doesn't matter to them whether they terrorize (and radicalize) entire populations as they check another name off their “kill list.”

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism estimates that as many as 45 civilians have been killed by confirmed US drone strikes on Yemen since 2002.