Saturday, October 26, 2013

Drone Strikes in Yemen Generate 40-60 New Enemies for Every al-Qaeda Operative Killed

Source: The Cairo Review of Global Affairs

Nabeel Khoury previously served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Yemen (2004-2007), and in 2003, during the Iraq war, he served as Department spokesperson at U.S. Central Command in Doha and in Baghdad.

"Drone strikes take out a few bad guys to be sure, but they also kill a large number of innocent civilians. Given Yemen’s tribal structure, the U.S. generates roughly forty to sixty new enemies for every AQAP operative killed by drones."

Open source reporting records 45 drone strikes in Yemen in 2012, and 22 so far in 2013.  Reported casualties are 491 for 2012. In war, unmanned aircraft may be a necessary part of a comprehensive military strategy. In a country where we are not at war, however, drones become part of our foreign policy, dominating it altogether, to the detriment of both our security and political goals.

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