The Wedding That a U.S. Drone Strike Turned Into a Funeral


Conor Friedersdorf
The Atlantic
January 9, 2014

The world learned in December that a U.S. drone strike in Yemen killed numerous wedding-goers as they made their way to a young couple’s celebration.

Obama Administration officials are now investigating the strike, Michael Isikoff reports. His article goes on to cite new details gathered by a Yemeni journalist, who complained that the Obama Administration “turned a wedding into a funeral,” and human-rights activist Baraa Shiban, who spoke to locals two days after the attack.

The locals told him that 60 people in cars and trucks were traveling from the groom’s home to a neighboring village where the bride lived. A 70-year-old man is quoted describing the death of his son, who is survived by a heartbreaking seven children. “We heard a loud explosion coming from down in the valley,” the man said, adding that when he arrived on the scene, “there were bodies scattered all over the place,” and the women of the village were gathered together crying and screaming.

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