In testimony at a congressional briefing on November 20, 2013, Entesar Qadhi, a Yemeni youth leader who was elected to a position in the National Dialogue Conference (NDC) from the Mareb province, described what it had been like in her village to fight al Qaeda and drive members of the militant group out of her village. “Drone strikes actually make al Qaeda people more popular because of the fact that they are striking inside of our villages, which makes the presence of Qaeda justified in our place,” she stated.” They’ll kick out al Qaeda militants, but then those militants will return when drones begin to hover over the village again.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday May 1, 2014 8:55 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday April 22, 2014 2:05 pm|
How much of the drone war being waged by the United States in Yemen is targeting actual al Qaeda fighters? And how much of it is targeting fighters, who are opposed to the current regime led by President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi?
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday January 8, 2014 1:18 pm|
A human rights organization, Reprieve, has shared a report on a United States drone strike that killed twelve men and wounded dozens more in a wedding convoy near Radda in December. The report is based off interviews with local villagers and features eyewitness accounts of the one of the worst drone attacks in the history of Yemen.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday December 13, 2013 2:20 pm|
A drone strike by the United States, which targeted a wedding convoy, reportedly killed anywhere from ten to seventeen people and injured as many as thirty individuals.
Most of the people killed were civilians, which makes the attack one of the worst in Yemen since the US began to launch drone strikes there.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday December 12, 2013 12:32 pm|
Yemeni news media report ten people were killed and more than twelve people in a wedding party were wounded in a drone attack by the United States.
The attack occurred near Radaa in the al-Bayda province of Yemen. It struck a car in a wedding convoy. Some of the killed were alleged to be members of al Qaeda.
|By: CTuttle Friday August 9, 2013 7:00 pm|
The Yemenis’ are none-too-thrilled… Yemenis call U.S. drone strikes an overreaction to al Qaida threat.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday April 10, 2013 12:35 pm|
In a significant ruling, the military judge in the case of Pfc. Bradley Manning has denied a motion by his defense to preclude evidence that Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda “received” copies of information published by WikiLeaks.
Judge Army Col. Denise Lind wholly rejected the arguments the defense had made that evidence involving receipt of information by Al Qaeda or Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) would be prejudicial to proceedings. However, the judge found the evidence would not be prejudicial or probative.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday May 30, 2012 4:15 pm|
A recent edition of the PBS program “FRONTLINE” examined how Al Qaeda has taken over cities and rugged mountain areas of Yemen and taken advantage of civil unrest in the country brought about by the Yemen uprising that began the spring of last year. The edition followed journalist Ghaith Abdul-Ahad as he courageously traveled to meet with members of Ansar al-Sharia, a group that is believed to be composed of members affiliated with Al Qaeda.