Seeking the Truth: U.S. Targeted Killing Strike Killed Dozens of Women, Children in Yemen
This was the Obama administration’s first known missile strike in Yemen, carried out with one or more cruise missiles launched from an American warship or submarine on December 17, 2009. The U.S. military reportedly used cluster bombs, killing at least 41 people in the remote mountain village of al-Majalah in Yemen’s Abyan province. The government was purportedly targeting “militants,” but those killed include at least 21 children and 14 women. Entire families were wiped out.
It is the worst reported loss of civilian life from a U.S. targeted killing strike in Yemen to date.
This was the one the Yemeni govt originally tried to take blame for, if not for those wikileaks cables revealing a meeting between Ali Abdullah Saleh and Patreaeus where it was agreed U.S. involvement would be concealed. The ALCU and CCR filed an FOIA request today to learn more.