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At least four suspected al-Qaida members were killed in an overnight US drone strike on a convoy in Yemen’s southeastern province of Shabwa, a security source told Xinhua Saturday.

“An unmanned US drone fired missiles on an al-Qaida convoy in Bayhan region of Shabwa province late on Friday night, killing at least four terrorists at the scene, ” the local security source said on condition of anonymity.

A tribal leader confirmed the attack, saying “an unexpected US bombing targeted the al-Qaida convoy of two cars before they were about to gather for a meeting in the rugged village of Bayhan.”

“The bombing killed some local commanders of the group, including unidentified foreigners,” the source added.

Yemen, an impoverished Arab country, has been gripped by one of the most active regional al-Qaida insurgencies in the Middle East.

Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), known locally as Ansar al-Sharia, emerged in January 2009 by unifying al-Qaida branches in Saudi Arabia and Yemen. It had claimed responsibility for a number of attacks on some Western countries.

The United States has carried out more than one hundred rounds of drone strikes in Yemen against the AQAP since 2011, but its operations were halted after the Shiite Houthi group took over the Yemeni capital of Sanaa in September 2014. The United States closed its embassy in Yemen this month, but insisted that it would not suspend anti-terror operations there.

EIN News Desk

33 Comments on "US drone kills 4 in Yemen"

  1. BobInget on Sat, 28th Feb 2015 11:24 am

    In recent years drones have come to dominate Obama’s war in Yemen as much as in Pakistan. President Bush ordered a single drone strike in Yemen, killing six people in 2002. Under Obama, the CIA and the Pentagon have launched at least 58 drone strikes on the country killing more than 281 people, including at least 24 reported civilians. Dated: 1/23/14 (how many since?)

    A more recent spread in RS:

    Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, trauma and anxiety are becoming rampant in the different corners of the country where drones are active. “Drones hover over an area for hours, sometimes days and weeks,” said Rooj Alwazir, a Yemeni-American anti-drone activist and cofounder of Support Yemen, a media collective raising awareness about issues afflicting the country. Yemenis widely describe suffering from constant sleeplessness, anxiety, short-tempers, an inability to concentrate and, unsurprisingly, paranoia.

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  2. Plantagenet on Sat, 28th Feb 2015 12:20 pm 

    Curious how Obama’s drone war on Yemen has resulting in the collapse of the government and chaos filled by ISIS, al Qaeda and various Islamist militias—-exactly the same result as his war on Libya.

    It doesn’t augur well for obama’s current wars in Syria and Iraq.

  3. Apneaman on Sat, 28th Feb 2015 12:36 pm 

    Americas drone war, Plant. Your drone war Plant.

  4. Plantagenet on Sat, 28th Feb 2015 12:40 pm 


    You don’t understand how the US Constitution works. No US war was ever declared on Libya. The actions there are entirely obama’s responsibility. Same thing in Yemen. Same thing with obama’s current war on Syria and Iraq.

    There has been no declaration of war or issuance of war powers in any of these cases. Each of these wars is entirely the personal choice of President obama.

  5. Apneaman on Sat, 28th Feb 2015 1:14 pm 

    Plant, you don’t understand that the US constitution has no meaning anymore. It’s only good for asswipe or fire starter now.

  6. Northwest Resident on Sat, 28th Feb 2015 1:22 pm 

    “Each of these wars is entirely the personal choice of President obama.”

    Only a fool would say that.

  7. Northwest Resident on Sat, 28th Feb 2015 1:27 pm 


    A well known, widely recognized and irrefutably complete fool in this case.

  8. GregT on Sat, 28th Feb 2015 1:32 pm 

    “Only a fool would say that.”

    Or a complete moron.

  9. Davy on Sat, 28th Feb 2015 1:57 pm 

    Planter, I have to side with Greg and NR on this one. Stop acting foolish you’re smarter than that.


  10. Plantagenet on Sat, 28th Feb 2015 2:03 pm 

    And exactly who do you think orders the US drone strikes?



    You dopes don’t know? Ha ha


  11. BobInget on Sat, 28th Feb 2015 2:08 pm 

    I believe we here are all in agreement.

    IMO, for every drone strike we create a dozen
    newly radicalized, potential ‘terrorists’.

    The main issue seems to be Pakistanis or Yemenis or Afghanistan’s or Iraqis or Syrians all are coming to believe America is the root cause of ALL their difficulties. This is why myself and others are calling this ‘endless war’*.

    * An ‘endless war’ in Columbia just hit 50 years of age. Middle aged Columbian or Philippine or Afghanistan citizens have never known peace in country.

    Is this what we want?

  12. Apneaman on Sat, 28th Feb 2015 2:22 pm 

    Plant, he is just a puppet and a yes man; they all are. Obama has “Advisors”. Do you actually think the Pres comes up with original ideas? Ha ha! Just look at who the “advisors” work for before and after their advising stints. Banks and the MIC for the most part.

  13. Makati1 on Sat, 28th Feb 2015 6:57 pm 

    Drones: Winning friends and influencing people … the Obama way.

  14. Makati1 on Sat, 28th Feb 2015 7:00 pm 

    On second thought … Maybe I should have said: “Winning friends and influencing people the American way”.

    After all it is a voting Democracy where it’s citizens make the decisions … isn’t it? LOL

  15. GregT on Sat, 28th Feb 2015 7:13 pm 

    Does anyone know the name of the aircraft shown in the picture above? I can’t find any reference to it anywhere.

  16. rockman on Sat, 28th Feb 2015 7:28 pm 

    Greg – It could be: The Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by Lockheed Martin and operated by the United States Air Force (USAF) for the Central Intelligence Agency. While the USAF has released few details on the UAV’s design or capabilities, defense analysts believe that it is a stealth aircraft fitted with reconnaissance equipment.

    RQ-170s have been reported to have operated in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. It has been confirmed that the UAVs have operated over Pakistan and Iran; operations over Pakistan included sorties that collected intelligence before and during the operation which led to the death of Osama bin Laden in May 2011.

    In December 2011, the Iranian armed forces claimed to have captured an RQ-170 flying over Iran. The U.S. military has acknowledged losing an RQ-170 in the region. United States administration asked Iran to return the UAV. Iran denied the request and lodged a complaint to the UN Security Council over airspace violation by US.

    Or the BAE Raven…they look very similar.

  17. rockman on Sat, 28th Feb 2015 7:38 pm 

    “Under Obama, the CIA and the Pentagon have launched at least 58 drone strikes on the country killing more than 281 people, including at least 24 reported civilians.” Actually all the casualties were “civilians”. Some were self-declared enemy combatants. And some were non-combatant collateral damage. Just one of the difficulties fighting non-uniformed adversaries: a person carrying a weapon might be an enemy combatant. When he leaves his weapon at home and he and his kid die from a done strike while driving to the market he’s a civilian.

    Nearly impossible rules of engagement in such “wars” IMHO.

  18. GregT on Sat, 28th Feb 2015 7:39 pm 

    Thanks Rock.

    So how many different kinds of UAVs does the US have? I’ve heard of the Predator drones, but I wasn’t aware that there were others. I did see a show on TV where guys were piloting Predator bombing missions from computer consoles somewhere in the States, and then returning home to their families for supper. Is this really what they do?

  19. Makati1 on Sun, 1st Mar 2015 12:00 am 

    GregT, I read the same things long ago. Some are supposedly based in Florida and work in an air conditioned office in front of a monitor. The plane itself is based on one of the 800+ US bases around the world where the mechanics and refuelers work. Not necessarily Americans.

    No danger to the pilots and no responsibility for the murders. Lots of psychos waiting in line for those jobs, I’m sure. John McCain or Victoria Nuland wannabees.

    I suspect you will see them over American skies soon. Gotta kill those American born ‘terrorists’ that are plotting to take down the DC Mafia.

    Can you imagine the sight of one over NYC, with a big red star on it’s side, strafing Wall Street? Maybe not too far in the future…

  20. Apneaman on Sun, 1st Mar 2015 12:06 am 

    PBS Nova Rise of the Drones

  21. GregT on Sun, 1st Mar 2015 12:20 am 

    Yah Mak,

    Seems wrong to me. Like playing a video game, except that the carnage caused to others is real. I can’t help but think about the recent MSM stories about ISIS cowards, and how completely backwards things have become.

    Nothing could be more cowardly to me, than not facing an adversary eye to eye, or killing other people without giving them the chance to fight back. How do these cowards sleep at night?

  22. GregT on Sun, 1st Mar 2015 12:33 am 

    Thanks Apnea,

    That was the exact TV show that I watched. I find it sickening that an informed public would stand for this kind of immoral behaviour. There is no way to determine who is being brutally murdered. Anyone that supports these ‘weapons of mass destruction’ is complicit in acts of crimes against humanity.

  23. Davy on Sun, 1st Mar 2015 6:39 am 

    Geeze, I wake to a morning feeding frenzy of Canadian hate for America and One bozo American Expat who is holed up in a cheap condo in Manila spewing hate while waiting for his next social security check to hit his mail box.

    I am truly amazed since I came on this site how nasty the feeling are from many Canadian’s for the US. I have brought this up to my Italian woman and she is amazed because there is no animosity from Americans for Canadians we know of. Some Greenies are down on the tar sands but that animosity is not directed directly at the Canadians. American’s don’t realize the anti-Americanism in Canada.

    I know we are just talking a few here on a somewhat of an obscure blog so I can’t generalize. I am going to do more research on this phenomenon. If our brothers up north hate us WTF. They hate us enough to be one of the largest sources of trade and investment. They are largest source of foreign real estate money.

    Guys, I could chime in with you on some of the topics because your arguments have legitimacy no doubt. What does not have legitimacy is the focus and the degree. You are unbalanced and unfair in your attacks by not acknowledging the other side of the equation. Your arguments are based solely on the assumption that America is the only one in the wrong and the rest of the world is not a factor. The people I am referring to never have an alternative focus for their hate only America.

    This is especially the case with Putin and Russia. Putin is an angel for you guys. I even heard one of you go as far as saying how honest and true one of Putin’s speeches were when in reality we know the cunning of Putin. We know even if Putin were honest it was a ruse for his agenda of dishonesty.

    The fact is you anti-Americans lose legitimacy when you practice your hate orgies. They appeal to many because they deal with topics of nastiness and hate from the US. The world has turned anti-American but this is a populist thing. I would expect people here to be above populism being intellectuals.

    It is futile for me to try to defend the US. I am for sure going to be labeled a flag waiver when some of you get up and turn PO on this morning. I am not defending the US I am defending balance and fairness. The US is the biggest and worst of the worst but there is no other country that is not a dumb ass country. Especially Russia, China, Iran, Syria, and Venezuela or IOW any country allied against the US who the anti-Americans love. The anti-Americans love these countries for one reason and that is because they are anti-American, I am ashamed of how the US has been hijacked but I find you anti-Americanism engaged in porn and tabloid.

  24. Hugh Culliton on Sun, 1st Mar 2015 8:00 am 

    GregT: “Nothing could be more cowardly to me, than not facing an adversary eye to eye, or killing other people without giving them the chance to fight back. How do these cowards sleep at night?”

    Yep, it’s ugly, but given the choice of slitting the other guy’s throats in their sleep or waiting for them to get ready to fight, any leader worth their salt’ll go with the razor every time. I’d rather not write letters to next-of-kin. I hate to tell you, but no one’s fought wars alike that since the 18th Century. Real war is about doing unto your enemy before he even figures out that your near him. No one in their right mind would give their opponent a chance to fight back if they could take them out first. War is horror, suffering, injustice, and cruelty. Not too many folks who’ve spent time at the sharp end don’t have the odd rough night.This is why military force must the the absolute last option for any conflict because even if we ‘win’ we and everything we believe in are diminished by the act and the killing will just keep going on and on.

  25. Hugh Culliton on Sun, 1st Mar 2015 8:31 am 

    Davy: Given that I’m a Canadian with lots of American relatives and worked jointly with many American military personnel back in my Navy days so I’ll take this one. From the Canadian side, folks are more confused than actively hostile to Americans. Yeah, it makes for fun hockey rivalry and commercials, and old-fashioned jingoism, but hate? No. America’s a puzzle to us: we speak almost the same language, share much of the same culture, but have rather different political and social views. Canada’s not a superpower so we don’t look around and view the world in terms of potential threats to our foreign policy in the same way. Our national identity isn’t anchored as much to our military prowess (although in a 1 on 1 bar fight, I’ll put my money on a Canadian every time). Seriously, we have noticed with alarm, a nasty growing trend toward extremism in the States since 911. This is frightening, because it’s starting to bleed through into Canada. For me, it was the chill that went down my spine when W looked at the world and said “Either you’re with us or with the terrorists”. Your Patriot Act and NDMA have done nothing to ease our concern, and now our own neo-con government is trying the same anti-constitutional shit here. Let’s be honest: America has changed, and is walking down a dark path. Perhaps it’s just a little easier to see from a different vantage point. In short, I don’t think Canada’s anti-American, perhaps what to American ears might sound that way is an attempt to provide another perspective.
    But if you try another 1812- We’ll kick your ass! 😉

  26. JuanP on Sun, 1st Mar 2015 9:17 am 

    Plant, While the USA interventions and actions, including droning, haven’t helped the situation in Yemen at all. Blaming Obama or the USA for Yemen’s mess is disingenuous, IMO. Yemen would have been an awful mess anyway even if the Americans had never gotten involved there.

  27. JuanP on Sun, 1st Mar 2015 9:28 am 

    I know very little about weapons, particularly military ones, but I have seen many, many different types of drones in military, industrial, commercial, and private use.

    I have an acquaintance whose daughter is married to a guy that works in the Cape Canaveral, FL area in a drone facility, but I don’t know whether they build them there or control them from that place because his work is secret.

    I have also read news reports that some drones are flown all over the world by remote control from a number of safe locations in the USA and abroad.

  28. JuanP on Sun, 1st Mar 2015 9:47 am 

    I don’t see the use of drones as being cowardly. In war and combat there are no real rules, only make believe ones. I would always prefer to kill someone with a drone or a gun from far away than in hand to hand or close combat where I would risk my health, limb, and life. To me, that would be the smart thing to do. Maybe that makes me a coward, and if that is so, I wouldn’t mind being one.

    If I have to choose between being smart or courageous, I will choose smart every time.

    Have you ever had to kill someone with your hands, Greg? I had to, once, in self defense with no weapons. It was a long, bloody, nightmarish process, and I would use a drone or a gun any day to avoid having to do it again.

    “You see, who fights and run away,
    lives to fight another day”
    Bob Marley

  29. Davy on Sun, 1st Mar 2015 10:27 am 

    Fair enough Hugh, I appreciate the firsthand view of the Canadian and American situation.

  30. Apneaman on Sun, 1st Mar 2015 10:44 am 

    Davy, your trying to defend the indefensible with Mccarthyism ad hominem (anti-American) and bogus comparisons. The funny thing is the term “anti American” is propaganda itself and the idea is contradictory to the first amendment. I thought free speech is supposed to be one of the core tenets of American freedom? As I have said before I am anti-americanism/anti-expansionism/anti-aggression, and this is what I sense from most other commenters/critics (except noob) of the empire; not hate for and of EVERYTHING/EVERYONE Americian. Most of the harshest critics of America I have read are American historians, journalists, cultural anthropologists and citizens. and they are not speaking out for the sake foreigners. It is not just the 1% psychopaths who support American aggression.

    In Gallup Poll, The Biggest Threat To World Peace Is … America?

  31. Davy on Sun, 1st Mar 2015 10:48 am 

    I like this quote from Tecumseh Sherman:
    War is cruelty. There is no use trying to reform it. The crueler it is, the sooner it will be over.

    All sides are engaged in barbarism. To say anything about war is cowardly or honorable is dubious. Who writes the codes or the benchmarks? Do you want to be effective and win or do you want to be nice and enjoy the battle.

    War is exactly the wrong activity for the global world to be engaged in now. This global world is too interconnected and dependent to be practicing the art of war. That said war will be one of nature’s tools to bring our population into line sooner than later. In this sense another great war will likely end modern man. It will likely bring our numbers down drastically and quickly.

    Is a slow death preferable to a quick death? Either way our global population will have to drop minimum by half in a generation. I am of the feeling from extensive research this number needs to be 1BIL or less. We will have to have excess deaths of 200MIL on average over a generation as one scenario. War may make this quicker and easier. It is a hopeless and ugly path ahead anyway we look at it.

  32. Davy on Sun, 1st Mar 2015 10:57 am 

    Yea, Ap, you are the first to admit you are anti-American. I have to respect that. It is the moral righteousness of those on both sides who claim exceptionalism of their side that makes me sick. The DC thieves are the worst in this respect.

    AP, I do find you an agendist and uptight of criticism. Your poster girls that are the competitors to America are dregs. Where you fail in your comments is not admitting they are dregs too. You are obsessive by the anti-Americanism. That obsession get old like all propaganda gets old. I am just as guilty being an obsessive doomer.

  33. BobInget on Sun, 1st Mar 2015 5:43 pm 

    Walking in opposite directions,

    Two ‘sandwich sign men’ meet on a crowded
    NYC sidewalk (pavement).

    One man’s sign reads ” World ENDS Wednesday”

    Second man’s sign reads ” World ENDS

    Thursday’s sign holder yells: “Pessimist”!

    WASHINGTON — Speaking to the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference Sunday morning, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) threatened to cut funding to the United Nations, who he believes is alienating Israel in the international community and tolerating anti-Semitism in Europe. His promise was met with applause and a standing ovation by the nearly 15,000 AIPAC members in attendance.

    Though it wasn’t mentioned explicitly, a majority of lawmakers in Congress are protesting the Palestinian Authority’s recent ascension to the International Criminal Court, the body responsible for prosecuting war crimes. The court, which has retroactive jurisdiction back to June 13, 2014, in Palestinian territories, would be able to investigate possible violations of the laws of war during last summer’s Gaza-Israel conflict. Graham was one of 75 senators who signed a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry in January, urging for a cessation of U.S. funding to the Palestinian Authority.

    Graham also expressed his skepticism about the ongoing nuclear negotiations between Iran and the six-country team known as the P5+1. While Graham conceded that history would frown upon a Republican lawmaker who voted against a “good deal,” he expressed doubts in the negotiators’ ability to bring about an agreement that would be acceptable to Congress.

    “I don’t really have a lot of faith in the Russians to get us to the promised land,” Graham said, referring to Russian membership in the P5+1.

    As for the Iranians, “they lie, they cheat, they aren’t trustworthy, they kill Americans, they would destroy Israel tomorrow if they could,” claimed Graham.

    According to Graham, a “bad deal” is one that would allow Iran to maintain any enrichment program that is monitored only by the United Nations. “How does it make you feel,” he asked the audience, “that the only thing between Israel and Iran with a nuclear weapon is the UN?”

    As a member of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Iran is allowed to maintain a peaceful nuclear enrichment program, as long as it complies with safeguards to verify compliance, such as inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN’s nuclear watchdog.

    Graham is one of four senators who introduced new legislation on Friday that would prohibit the Obama administration from lifting sanctions against Iran within two months of reaching an agreement, in order to give Congress time to review and debate the deal. Meanwhile, sanctions relief has been a key requirement for any nuclear deal from the Iranians, whose economy has been heavily strained by years of international sanctions and plummeting oil prices.

    Though he claimed support for a peaceful nuclear agreement with Iran, Graham repeated his opposition to restoring Iran’s economy. “As we have negotiated with the Iranians, they have toppled four Arab capitals,” he said, referencing what he believed was Iranian support for the Houthis in Yemen, Hezbollah in Lebanon, President Bashar al-Assad in Syria, and Shiite militias in Iraq.

    “What do you think they would do with sanction relief? Build schools and hospitals?” Graham asked. “They would fund their military to wreak more unrest in the region.” What Graham failed to mention is that Washington and Tehran are tacitly fighting side by side in Iraq and Syria against the Islamic State.

    In an unusual talking point, the senator pointed to Israel as an example of why Iran’s nuclear program should be restricted. “It’s common knowledge that Israel has a nuclear arsenal, yet not one Arab nation has felt the need to get a nuclear weapon as a result,” said Graham. He explained that if Iran possessed nuclear weapons, the Middle East would erupt in a nuclear arms race.

    Though Israel has never officially confirmed its nuclear weapons program, it is widely believed that it developed weapons in the 1960s. Because it is not party to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, its program is not subject to international inspection.

    In 2003, The Guardian learned that Saudi Arabia conducted a strategic review to determine if it was comfortable remaining under the nuclear umbrella protection of the U.S., or if it should develop nuclear weapon capabilities of its own. In addition to concern about Iran’s nuclear program, the Saudis expressed concern over Israel’s secret nuclear weapons and the lack of international pressure on Israel over their program.

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