Friday, November 7, 2014

In Yemen, It’s Easy to Believe Conspiracy Theories

"U.S. drone attacks in this region of Yemen have further inflamed anger toward outside actors. According to reports I received, after one of these attacks, a security officer found a large stash of U.S. dollars next to the corpses of the dead militants, which increased suspicions about the U.S. role in the area. I was told stories about the courageous young men who travel to the sites of drone attacks to bury their comrades according to Islamic principles. I also heard a story about four innocent civilians from the Al al-Kushm family who were killed in an attack, and the anger their relatives felt when they found their beloved ones torn to pieces...." -Abdulsalam al-Rubaidi