Yemeni drones victim to visit Washington DC for meetings with Congress and activists
A Yemeni civilian who lost his nephew and brother in law – respectively a local policeman and an imam who preached against Al Qaeda – to a US drone strike in 2012 is to visit Washington DC for meetings with Congress and US human rights activists.
Faisal bin ali Jaber, who is represented by legal charity Reprieve, is visiting the US capital from Thursday 14 to Wednesday 20 November in order to meet members of Congress and their staff, and to address a drones conference organised by peace group Code Pink.
Mr Jaber’s relatives were killed in a covert drone strike on Hadhramout in August 2012. His brother in law, Salim bin Ali Jaber, was a preacher who, just days before his death, had used his sermon at Friday prayers to criticise Al Qaeda for targeting non-Muslim civilians, saying: “I challenge al-Qaida to show me one piece of evidence in Islam that says killing is justified.”
The same strike – which may have been aimed at three strangers who had visited the village demanding to speak to Salim following his sermon – also killed Waleed bin ali Jaber, a local police officer who was with Salim at the time.
Mr Jaber, who will be accompanied by Reprieve Strategic Director Cori Crider, hopes to raise awareness of the impact of the drone programme on civilians, and the counter-productive nature of the campaign.