Drones: as military use expands, civil use being developed
Just a few days after a senior US counter-terrorism expert warned that US drone strikes were turning Yemen into the "Arabian equivalent of Waziristan", US drone strikes yesterday aped the tactic of 'follow up' strikes used by the US in Pakistan.
According to CNN, a strike in which seven suspected Al-Qaeda militants were killed was followed by a strike on local residents rushing to the scene to help the injured. Local sources said that between eight and twelve civilians were killed in the second, follow-up strike. A Yemeni security officials expressed regret for the civilian casualties and injuries. "The targets of the raids were not the civilians, and we give our condolences to the families of those who lost a loved one."