A disturbing video has appeared on social media within the last few days from Ansar al Shariah in Yemen claiming that a small child was used to plant chips to guide a US drone to its target. Drones are aimed at “alleged” terrorists in the region and are increasingly devastating the lives of civilians not involved in insurgency. The video features a father giving his “confession” as a drone spy and detailing his son’s role in the targeted killing of Sheikh Adnan Al Qadhy and Aheikh Abu Ridhwan. We do not learn of the fate of the alleged spy though drones spies have been executed in the past with one allegedly crucified. However the last line of the 11 minute 59 second film produced by Al-Malahem Media chillingly states, “every filmed spy is killed after he has been filmed”.
Ansar al-Sharia, whose name means “Partisans of Islamic law” in Arabic, was formed by al Qaeda in Arabian Peninsular (AQAP) in response to the growing youth movement in Yemen, which has marginalised Salafi-jihadists who advocate the violent overthrow of the government and the establishment of an Islamic state. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17402856
On October 4, 2011, the State Department designated AAS as a Foreign Terrorist Organization and as an extension of AQAP. It stated that “AAS is simply AQAP’s effort to rebrand itself, with the aim of manipulating people to join AQAP’s terrorist cause” http://www.currenttrends.org/research/detail/ansar-al-sharia-and-governance-in-southern-yemen Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has spoken of his support for US drone strikes during a trip to the United States in September and it was recently revealed that the CIA are operating a drone base in Saudi Arabia and Saudi spies may also be used to locate insurgents.
On January 4th 2013 armed tribesmen took to the streets and threatened to occupy government buildings after a number of civilians were killed. http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/01/04/uk-yemen-drones-protest-idUKBRE9030J920130104 A month later, I published a letter from Haykal Bafana, a Yemeni lawyer questioning the ethics of targeted killing. He also forwarded graphic photos of burnt and mutilated bodies showing the aftermath of a drone strike which hit a vehicle on 23rd January 2013. The identity of those killed was unknown http://blog.approximatetargetfilm.com/us-drone-strike-yemen-in-photos-united-states-of-assassination-burnt-out-vehicle-and-body-parts/ In the words of Haykal Bfana, “dear Obama, when a U.S. drone missile kills a child in Yemen, the father will go to war with you, guaranteed. Nothing to do with Al Qaeda,”
A letter to President Obama from Atlantic Council and Project on Middle East Democracy (Yemen Policy Initiative) back in June 2012 noted that the US had drastically increased the number of strikes and stated:-
We accept that the US will take action against those who plot attacks against Americans when there is actionable intelligence. However, removing members of militant groups with targeted strikes is not a sustainable solution and does not address the underlying causes that have propelled such forces to find fertile ground in Yemen. In order to systematically address the drivers of extremism, the US should focus on four key areas: a successful transition to a democratic government that upholds the rule of law and protects human rights; supporting the Yemeni government’s provision of basic services and needs (food security, water, fuel, and health); effective military restructuring and the development of a unified command structure that provides legitimate internal security; and economic growth and job creation. http://www.acus.org/files/Yemen%20Policy%20Initiative%20Letter%20to%20Obama%206-25-12.pdf
It is easy for drone supporters to dismiss the Ansar al- Shari’ah video as mere propaganda but as we cannot verify one way or the other the “confession” from an alleged drone spy and his small son, human rights activists must keep an open mind regarding its accuracy. This serious allegation of using a child to plant drone chips is one that must be considered and investigated further by the UN inquiry into drone strikes. Therefore I have decided to publish the full transcript from the video which appears as English subtitles on the film:-
Ansar al-Shari’ah in Yemen reveal details (ENGLISH SUBTITLES)
In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious the Most Merciful
US drone programme uses children to plant chips on targets
The likeness of those who take (false deities as) Awliya (protectors helpers) other than Allah is the likeness of a spider who builds (for itself a house) but verily the frailest of houses is the spider’s house if they but knew (29.41)
THE SPIDER’S WEB
The American media doesn’t stop nor become bored with the endless bragging about its advanced military technology. And they are still boasting about their arsenal, the largest in the globe. But in their tons of boastful words in the material strength, they miss out the defeats their forces faced, in the Forests of Vietnam and in the hands of the Mujahideen who wage guerrilla warfare in the Cities of Somalia, the Plains of Iraq and the hill and valleys of Afghanistan.
I am stressing on this point these battles which take place daily in Afghanistan against the Arab Mujahideen and Taliban in particular have uncovered the frailty of the American government, the American weakness and the extent of the delicacy of it soldiers. In spite of their highly advanced military technology, they could do nothing except by depending on the murtadeen and the munafiqueen.
SHAKE THE EARTH
The defeats which America experienced in the hands of the Mujahideen throughout the last decade have made a great impact in dissolving the fake power over which America and its media have sketched and propagated to portray it as the undefeatable force, the irrestistible power.
As usual America couldn’t get in to the Muslim land through puppet rulers who betrayed their fealty, sold their nations and became servants of the invading occupier. They opened land for his troops, seas for his warships and skies for his planes. Moreover they engaged in the vilest of treachery; they recruited spies for the occupier so that they would unearth Muslims’ honour and secrecy. They became his partners in the killing of the elite of the Sons of Islam, under the pretext of the War On Terror.
And among the victims of this treacherous crimes are Sheikh Adnan Al Qadhy and Sheikh Abu Ridhwan (may Allah accept them). They are men who refused any hegemony above the hegemony of Shari’ah. They refused any law apart from the Law of Allah. They have been true to their covenant- we count them so- martyred by American missiles guided by a chip planted on Sheikh Adnan Al- Qadhy. To Allah he has left Adnan. So did our Sheikh Ridhwan. Sad he has become Ibn Shanaan Sheiks relative. These verses express his heart.
To Allah he has left ‘Adnan
So did our Sheikh Ridwan
A few days after the martyrdom Allah enabled the Mujahideen to get hold of the spy responsible. I am Hifdullah Muhammad Ahmed Dureib Al Kuleibi from Dharmaar Governate. I am an adjutant at the Republican Guard in Camp Sawaad. I live in Qa’il Qedhi in Sana’a. I have 6 children. This is my child Barq. Before ‘Eidul – Adh-Haa, Major Gen, Abdallah Hamuud Al -Jabry called me. He told me “Major Khalid Gleis will visit you. Carry out everything he dictates.” He did come. He told me to bring Barq from the house of Al-Ahmar. My son Barq was at the Al Ahmar’s. I went and took my son Barq before ‘Eid by three days.
On the night of ‘Eid, Major Khalid Gleis, Majot Khalid Al Awbali and Adjutant Jawaas visited me. They came and said. “Barq is ready to serve his country, we will give you a luxurious house and a deluxe car” They gave me 50,000 Rial Yemeni 233$. They said that Barq will achieve goals for us and that they will give me everything. Indeed they told me to give Barq missile guiding chips which h would plant on Adnan Al Qadry. I gave them to Barq ater they had explained to him how to plant and activate them.
Therefore this is the reality of America which claims to be the most powerful country in the world and which he brags and professes that he’s the protector of human rights and the vanguard which protects children’s rights from any menace.
Abu Yahya al-Libi... We’ve seen livestock and beasts before, so have we lived many years with this army’s soldiers and recruits. Never have we seen as disgraceful, as vile as these, criminals. To the extent their intelligence, interrogators sometimes are feeling shame for what they see and hear from their soldiers, they would apologise for that savagery. We hope the soldiers won’t give you the wrong picture of American people, these are the garbage of the Society.
If the soldiers are the garbage, then the intelligence are the garbage of the garbage, since they have no values, no principals, no morals, no shame, “Unquestionably the curse of Allah upon the dhalimin (polytheists, wrongdoers, oppressors)”.
The puppets of America who pursue the sordid American way, then contradict with Islamic morals and the just Sharia’ah. They are only concerned with pleasing their American master, the ruler of Whitehouse, regardless of the Islamic teachings and morals. One question, why wasn’t Adnan Al Qadhy summoned and given a fair trial? Brothers he’s human, not an animal. As to me the American forces in Yemen, Alborabo Mansur Hadi, the coalition government, the Parliament and its members are accountable. Because they are the rulers, now they come to me with evidence after they have killed him.
The treacherous rulers who sold their religion and lands to the occupying crusader enemy do not stop at sharing the enemy in his crimes. But they also fabricate lies and ascribe falsehood to the Mujahideen.
(Below, video shows Yemeni officials making allegedly incorrect statement on Al Qaeda)
I will frankly tell you that those Al Qaeda organisations are penetrable. As per Al Qaeda’s strategy of recruiting only those between age 15 and 22 are allowed. Whoever is 23 years is not recruited. This is the danger they pose. This is their logic, restless youth.
CONVERSATION BETWEEN ALLEGED DRONE SPY AND HIS YOUNG SON BARQ
Small Child, son speaking
I am Barq Hifdullah Muhammad Dureib. My father gave me the chips to plant on “Adnan Al Qadhy. He gave me on ‘Eid eve. After I reached this checkpoint, they trained me how to activate them. Then I went to Sanhaan (Sheikh Adan’s residence), The told me to activate it on Wednesday or Thursday
Father speaking… “who told you?
Small child (his son)… The office Khalid, Khalid and Jawwaas, those three.
Father… who among them trained you first?
Son…. Officer Khalid, your friend. Then I went, they told me to activate it on Wesnesday or Thursday. So on Wednesday when he entered the bathroom. I climbed on the table and put a chip in his pocket. The second one placed it under the cupboards and then I waited.
Then I returned to the house and removed the second chip. Then I went on my own.
(END OF CONVERSATION BETWEEN FATHER AND SON)
After these open confessions and the acknowledgement of the American agent for his crimes against Muslims. The Sharia’ah Committee of the Mujahideen in the Arabian Peninsular affirmed the following :-
First conducting convicting Hifdullah Muhammad Al Kuleibi of working as an agent for the enemies of Allah, America and their agents in the Sana’a regime
Second convicting the agent of full responsibility for the killing of Sheikh Adnan Al-Qadhy and Sheikh Abu Ridhwan (may Allah accept them) by exploiting the innocence of his young son Barq and deceiving him to plant two electronic chips on Sheikh Adnan Al- Qadhy which guided the American planes to identify his location and kill him with directed missiles
Third wanted for justice Major General Abdallah Haamud A-Jabry, Major Khalid Gleis, Majo Khalis Al-Awbali, and Adjurant Jawwaas.
This is the Sunnah of Allah in His Creation, however much falsehood prevails, Allah the Exalted, flings the truth against it, so it destroys it.
O people of zeal and enthusiasm in the Arabian Peninsula, the stronghold of Islam and its Spring. Here are yourselves and blood being licked by the cross worshippers and their agents. Stand and protect your land and honours before you regret!
Anticipate glad tidings as every filmed spy is killed after he has been filmed.
Every filmed spy is killed after he’s been filmed!
(End of video)
FURTHER SUGGESTED READING:-
Notes by Noon, Why US Drones Should Stop in Yemen And Elsewhere http://notesbynoon.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/why-drone-attacks-should-stop-in-yemen.html
BBC, CIA Operating Drone Base Out of Saudi Arabia, US Media Reveal http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-21350437
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”.