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U.S. drone strike in Yemen kills New Zealander and Australian

An unmanned 'Predator' drone flies off the coast of California.
An unmanned 'Predator' drone flies off the coast of California.
Jeffrey S. Viano/U.S. Navy /Getty Images

The controversial deadly drone strikes by the Obama administration are likely to come under more intense attack than ever now with reports of foreign citizens killed by a drone attack in Yemen. A U.S. drone strike has killed a New Zealander and Australian in Yemen reported Al Jazeera on April 16, 2014. It has been confirmed that a citizen from each country has been killed in U.S. strikes in Yemen.

U.S. drone strikes directed against suspected terrorists have been blasted by human rights groups because they don't allow for a trial and can result in killing innocent bystanders. Yet, a U.S. federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the Obama administration officials for the 2011 drone strike killings of three U.S. citizens in Yemen which included an Al-Qaeda cleric.

International Business Times has reported a U.S. drone has killed Aussie foot soldiers in Yemen. Back in 2013 two Australian foot soldiers were reportedly killed by a U.S. drone strike which took place in Yemen.
These Aussie soldiers are said to have been killed during a counter-terrorism operation and there have been few official comments on the incident.

The use of drones by the United States to attack suspected terrorists overseas is clearly a highly volatile matter. As pointed out by activist groups there are no efforts to offer fair trials in such cases which implies this is a form of vigilantism. There are also of course considerations of dealing with enemy combatants in a time of war with the war between the United States and the terrorists unfortunately appearing to be real. However, the issue of the legitimacy of accounts of the targets of such attacks actually representing a clear and present danger to Americans and their allies has been raised again and again in overseas accounts of these drone attacks.

Furthermore, the issue of innocent civilians being wounded and killed in drone attacks is also a serious matter. The bottom line is it is clear many foreigners and some activist Americans now view the United States as being responsible for criminal misconduct under international law in dealing with drone attacks. This is serious problem which can not be ignored.

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