Yemen admits request for US assassination drones
Yemeni Foreign Minister Abu Bakr al-Kurbi revealed on Wednesday that Sana’a had requested Washington to send assassination drones “in some cases against fleeing al-Qaeda leaders.”
“The fear lies in the infiltration of extremists and terrorists into Yemen” from Somalia, Kurbi explained.
“It is very difficult for us to tell the difference between someone displaced for humanitarian reasons and a terrorist,” he added.
In May, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta for the first time admitted the use of drones in Yemen.
The United States has launched frequent drone attacks not just in Yemen but also in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Somalia.
The attacks have left thousands of people dead over the past few years.
Washington claims it is targeting militants but witness reports and figures provided by local officials indicate that civilians are the main victims of the assaults.