A US assassination drone (file
The United States continues the use of its assassination drones abroad,
killing at least 9 people in the latest raids by the unmanned aircraft in
Yemen and Pakistan.
A drone attack in Yemen targeted a car traveling in the country’s southern
province of Shabwa on Friday, killing the five people on board. Another drone
attack in Yemen hit a vacant building, according to witnesses.
In a separate incident early Friday, an airstrike by a US unmanned aerial
vehicle in Pakistan killed four people and wounded three others. The attack
targeted a house in a market area of Miranshah, the main town in the country’s
northwestern North Waziristan tribal region.
On January 31, US President Barack Obama confirmed the United States’ use of
drones abroad. The American military also uses drones in Somalia, and
In reply to questions about the use of the assassination drones by his
administration in a chat with web users on Google and YouTube on Monday, the US
president said, “a lot of these strikes have been in the FATA” - Pakistan's
Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
The US says the operations target militants, although surveys show civilians
have also been killed.
The aerial attacks were initiated by former US President George W. Bush but have
been escalated under President Obama.
The United Nations (UN) has denounced Washington’s assassination drone attacks,
describing the “targeted killings as a violation of international law.”