In the discussion thread: "The Drone That Killed My Grandson" - Nasser al-Awlaki Op/Ed in NYT [View all]
Response to Tx4obama (Reply #16)
Thu Jul 18, 2013, 04:06 AM
xocet (2,203 posts)
27. Comment #5 does not discuss the death of the grandson....
The following articles square with the NYT opinion piece, and it seems unclear that Ibrahim al-Banna was actually killed. So, is there more that you have found wrong in the NYT opinion piece?
I'll append my other questions, too:
Who is the uncle who "has put out misinformation in the past," and what was the misinformation?
Lastly, how do you know what you are saying is true? Do you have citations for the sources?
The Drone That Killed My Grandson
By NASSER al-AWLAKI
Published: July 17, 2013
The missile killed him, his teenage cousin and at least five other civilians on Oct. 14, 2011, while the boys were eating dinner at an open-air restaurant in southern Yemen.
Inside America's Dirty Wars
How three US citizens were killed by their own government in the space of one month in 2011.
Jeremy Scahill April 24, 2013 | This article appeared in the May 13, 2013 edition of The Nation.
As Abdulrahman mourned, the boy’s family members in Shabwah tried to comfort him and encouraged him to get out with his cousins. That was what Abdulrahman was doing on the evening of October 14. He and his cousins had joined a group of friends outdoors to barbecue. There were a few other people doing the same nearby. It was about 9 pm when the drones pierced the night sky. Moments later, Abdulrahman was dead. So, too, were several other teenage members of his family, including Abdulrahman’s 17-year-old cousin Ahmed.
The Lethal Presidency of Barack Obama
by Tom Junod - Esquire
On that night, though, they were all celebrating Abdulrahman's last night in his ancestral village near the Arabian Sea. He had been waiting for Yemen's political unrest to die down before heading home. Now the way seemed clear, the roads less perilous, and he was saying goodbye to the friends he'd made. There were six or seven of them, along with a seventeen-year-old cousin. It was a night lit by a bright moon, and they were sitting around a fire. They were cooking and eating. It was initially reported that an Al Qaeda leader named Ibrahim al-Banna was among those killed, but then it was reported that al-Banna is still alive to this day. It was also reported that Abdulrahman al-Awlaki was a twenty-one-year-old militant, until his grandfather released his birth certificate. There is the fog of war, and then there is the deeper fog of the Lethal Presidency. What is certain is only this: that a drone crossed the moonlit sky, and when the sun rose the next morning, the relatives of Abdulrahman al-Awlaki gathered his remains — along with those of his cousin and some teenaged boys — so that they could give a Muslim funeral to an American boy.
How a U.S. Citizen Came to Be in America’s Cross Hairs
By MARK MAZZETTI, CHARLIE SAVAGE and SCOTT SHANE
Published: March 9, 2013
Then, on Oct. 14, a missile apparently intended for an Egyptian Qaeda operative, Ibrahim al-Banna, hit a modest outdoor eating place in Shabwa. The intelligence was bad: Mr. Banna was not there, and among about a dozen men killed was the young Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, who had no connection to terrorism and would never have been deliberately targeted.
It was a tragic error and, for the Obama administration, a public relations disaster, further muddying the moral clarity of the previous strike on his father and fueling skepticism about American assertions of drones’ surgical precision. The damage was only compounded when anonymous officials at first gave the younger Mr. Awlaki’s age as 21, prompting his grieving family to make public his birth certificate.
He had been born in Denver, said the certificate from the Colorado health department. In the United States, at the time his government’s missile killed him, the teenager would have just reached driving age.
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