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Yemeni Man Sues US Over Family Deaths in Drone Strike

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A relative of two Yemeni victims of a 2012 US drone strike has filed a lawsuit against the United States with Washington D.C. District Court in an effort to seek official acknowledgment that the strike was unlawful, the non-profit Reprieve organization announced Monday.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) Faisal bin Ali Jaber’s nephew and brother-in-law, Salem and Waleed, were killed in a drone strike in August 2012. US authorities paid Jaber $100,000 in cash, but did not officially admit to killing civilians in the attack targeting al-Qaeda operatives.

"The president has now admitted to killing innocent Americans and Italians with drones; why are the bereaved families of innocent Yemenis less entitled to the truth," the complaint reads as quoted by Reprieve.

The lawsuit seeks official declaration that Salem and Waleed were wrongfully killed by US personnel operating a remote-controlled unmanned aerial vehicle, but does not seek monetary compensation.

US President Barack Obama, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and former CIA Director David Petraeus, including three unnamed US individuals, are the defendants in Jaber’s case.

Jaber seeks similar acknowledgment to the one Obama made in April, when he took responsibility for the deaths of a US and Italian hostages in the CIA’s drone strike targeting al-Qaeda’s compound in Pakistan.

The United States engages in regular drone attacks in remote Middle Eastern and North African areas against suspected militants.

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has found that CIA drone strikes in Yemen have killed up to 673 people, including nearly 100 civilians, from 2002 to 2015.

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