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article imageDrone strikes in Yemen leave 7 dead

By Sami Zaatari     Jun 1, 2013 in World
At least seven suspected militants belonging to Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) were killed in two drone strikes carried out in southern Yemen.
The men were traveling in two cars when the drones attacked them, according to a local official in the country.
The drone strikes in Yemen come just over a week after President Obama made a major public speech on the issue of drone strikes. In his speech, Obama said that he would seek to transfer the operations of drone strikes from the CIA to the Department of Defence to allow for more oversight over the operations.
The president also said that a special court would be set up to approve and examine whether a drone strike could be carried out; at this moment all drone strikes are signed off by the president before the drone strike occurs.
The operations of drone strikes have come under heavy criticism, especially in Yemen, with critics arguing that such operations incite more extremism and anger, rather than getting rid of the problem.
In April the Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, chaired by Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin held a hearing on drone strikes, a hearing the White House refused to attend.
One of those invited to testify at the hearing was Yemeni activist Al-Muslimi. Al-Muslimi spoke of how the drone strikes in Yemen were not making the problem any better, but simply exasperated the problem of extremism:
For me personally, it is deeply troubling, astonishing, and challenging to reconcile that the very same hand that taught me English, awarded me scholarships, and dramatically improved my life is the hand that droned my village, terrified my people, and now makes it harder for them to believe the good things that I tell them about America and my American friends
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