“Wanton killing of innocent civilians is terrorism, not a war against terrorism” Noam Chomsky

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I feel upset, my stomach is churning, I feel angry too…  Several weeks ago I received a set of photos from Yemeni lawyer, Haykal Bafana showing the aftermath of a US drone strike. There were images of a burnt out car and charred and mutilated bodies. I noted a date when the horror was captured on film. Those killed so callously were at the time, persons unknown

Today I was going through several submissions for the US Senate hearing. I was reading a report submitted by the National Organization for Defending Rights and Freedoms Alkarama and the Center for Constitutional Rights, in order to post an abstract on my blog. Suddenly I came across details of persons targeted in a drone strike in Yemen that matched the date, location and content of the photos in my possession…chilling.

My friend Haykal had penned a strong letter to President Obama detailing his concern that he did not know who was killed in the strike, insurgent or civilian and it could be his family next. Now reading the following words has brought tears to my eyes…

“On January 23, 2013, an American drone fired missiles at a car traveling between
the Jihanah and Sanhan districts in the Sana’a province. The strike killed all of its four
The driver of the car, Salim Hussayn Ahmad Jamil, age 20, was accompanied by
one of his relatives, Ali Ali Salih Al-Qawili, age 33, who worked as a teacher in the 11
Khalid bin Al-Walid school in the region of Qawil. The two were driving when two
other men, who identities they did not know, stopped and asked if they could pay for a
ride to a nearby region. The drone attack occurred along the way.
The Ministry of the Interior confirmed that Ali Ali Salih Al-Qawili was one of the
dead and had been a schoolteacher. Al-Qawili’s brother gave HOOD the attendance slip
that confirmed his brother’s presence at the school continuously, and particularly on the
day of the attack. He had signed in and out of school on the day he died.”,_Alkarama,_CCR_SJC_Submission.pdf



Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad.  She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”.



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