Yemeni relatives of U.S. drone strike victims bring case to German court
Faisal bin Ali Jaber lost his brother-in-law Salim - a preacher who reportedly spoke out against Al Qaeda - and his nephew Waleed in a 2012 drone strike
A German court will next week hear a case against the government brought by the relatives of victims who died in a 2012 U.S. drone attack in Yemen, UK newspaper the Guardian reported.
Faisal bin Ali Jaber lost his brother-in-law Salim - a preacher who reportedly spoke out against Al Qaeda - and his nephew Waleed in a drone strike after they travelled to eastern Yemen for a wedding.
Lawyers appointed by Jaber and two other Yemenis say the German government shares the responsibility for their relatives’ deaths because a U.S. military base in Germany allegedly played a key role in the attack, a claim the government rejects.
The United States military is allowed to use Ramstein air base, in operation since 1952, on the condition that no actions in the base violate German law.
Lawyers are building their case around reports that Ramstein sends crucial information via satellite to drone operators in the United States that enable communication with unmanned aircraft in Yemen, Pakistan and elsewhere.
The reports, by German newspaper Der Speigel and U.S news website the Intercept, cite experts but the United States is yet to confirm or deny these claims.
Fifty-six-year-old Jaber, a civil engineer, said in a video statement issued through London-based human rights organization Reprieve that he hoped the German government would recognize its role in the attacks.
“Ramstein airbase on German soil … provided information and other logistical support to the aviation operations and therefore it is complicit in one way or another,” he said.
Complicity in such operations contradicts all the allegations that (Germany) upholds the principles of human rights. I’d expect from the German government, and I’d humbly ask, that it stops its cooperation with the US government regarding these strikes,” he added.
He described his brother-in-law as a respected imam who had preached openly against Al Qaeda, the Guardian reported.
“We hope that German justice will be robustly administered and will prevail and this will be a significant step towards the end of civilian casualties and the suffering of Yemenis as a result of the U.S.’s illegal drone program, in which Ramstein appears to play a pivotal role,” Kat Craig, the legal director of Reprieve said.
Drone raid kills two ‘al-Qaeda’ militants in YemenA suspected U.S. drone strike in Yemen killed two Al-Qaeda militants and destroyed an arms cache on Sunday, a security official and witnesses said. ... Middle East
‘U.S. drone’ kills six al-Qaeda suspects in YemenAn apparent U.S. drone strike killed six suspected al-Qaeda militants overnight, a Yemeni military source told AFP on Sunday. The six suspects were ... Middle East
Al-Qaeda in Yemen confirms second-in-command killed by droneThe second-in-command of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has been confirmed dead, AQAP said on Wednesday. Said al-Shehri was killed in a U.S ... Middle East
U.S. drone strike kills four Qaeda suspects in YemenA U.S. drone killed four al-Qaeda suspects in Yemen on Thursday, a security official said, in the third such strike in five days as the Yemeni ... Middle East
Yemen official: U.S. drones kill 12 in three airstrikesThe U.S. has sharply escalated its drone war in Yemen, with military officials in the Arab country reporting 34 suspected al-Qaeda militants killed in ... Middle East
Two al-Qaeda suspects killed in southern Yemen drone strikeTwo militants have been killed on Saturday in a suspected U.S. drone strike in southern Yemen, officials and witnesses said. Two other militants were ... Middle East
U.S. drone strike kills 13 in YemenThere were no immediate details on who was killed in the strike initial information indicated the drone mistook the wedding party for an al-Qaeda convoy Middle East
Drone strike in Yemen killed 17, mostly civiliansThe death toll from the two-missile strike rose to 17 overnight, a medical source says Middle East
HRW urges U.S. to probe deadly drone strike in YemenThe attack raised ‘serious concerns’ about whether U.S. forces were abiding by stricter rules recently announced by President Barack Obama Middle East
Army, ‘U.S. drone’ hit Sunni-held positions in Yemen: tribesThe Houthi rebels have been facing fierce resistance from Al-Qaeda fighters and tribesmen Middle East
Al-Qaeda in Yemen admits two of its commanders killed by U.S. drone strikesNabil al-Dahab, leader of Ansar al-Sharia in Yemen's al-Bayda province, was killed along with four other al Qaeda members Middle East
U.S. drone program in Yemen facing difficultyThe United States is facing increasing difficulty acquiring intelligence needed to run its drone program in Yemen Analysis