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.
Another local's words remind us that the dead and the people who lost family members aren't the only victims, and that the horror wrought by this drone strike goes on: "We live in fear day and night," he said. "Our children and women cannot sleep.” His words echo the findings of a report on drones by the law clinics at NYU and Stanford, which discovered communities living in terror of U.S. strikes.