U.S. Has Nothing to Say About 10-Year-Old Killed in Drone Strike

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U.S. Has Nothing to Say About 10-Year-Old Killed in Drone Strike

Post by Ericwt on Fri Jul 05, 2013 5:08 pm

July 1, 2013 |





On June 9, a U.S. drone fired on a vehicle in a remote province of Yemen and killed several militants, according to media reports.

It soon emerged that among those who died was a boy – 10-year-old Abdulaziz, whose elder brother, Saleh Hassan Huraydan, was believed to be the target of the strike. A McClatchy reporter recently confirmed the child’s death with locals. (Update: The London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism today reported that there was "strong evidence" it was a U.S. drone strike, but it could not confirm the fact.)
It’s the first prominent allegation of a civilian death since President Obama pledged in a major speech in May “to facilitate transparency and debate” about the U.S. war on al Qaida-linked militants beyond Afghanistan. He also said “there must be near-certainty that no civilians will be killed or injured” in a strike.

So what does the administration have to say in response to evidence that a child was killed?

Nothing.

National security spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden would not comment on the June 9 strike or more generally on the White House position on acknowledging civilian deaths. She referred further questions to the CIA, which also declined to comment.

http://www.alternet.org/world/us-has-nothing-say-about-10-year-old-killed-drone-strike?akid=10648.219868.XUmCcw&rd=1&src=newsletter863811&t=7

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