Sunday, September 30, 2012

On September 30

On this day in ...
... 2011, the United States killed 2 Americans by drone strike in north Yemen. As then posted, the 2, who were among several al-Qaeda-linked men traveling in a car when struck, were Anwar al-Awlaki, 40, a cleric whom the United States had long sought (and whom President Barack Obama said "had taken 'the lead role in planning and directing the efforts to murder innocent Americans'"), and Samir Kahn, 25, the editor of an online magazine maintained by al-Qaeda. Media attention was concentrated on account of the nationality of the 2, and so sparked a new round of debate regarding the U.S. policy respecting the drone aircraft (example picture above left), about which we've frequently posted. And see this report on civilians and drones, a just-released joint project of the Stanford International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic and the Global Justice Clinic at New York University School of Law. (photo credit)

(Prior September 30 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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