Recent US Drone Strike May Generate ‘A Hundred’ New al-Qaeda Recruits

John Glaser, September 07, 2012

From a CNN report on a US drone strike this week in Yemen that killed killed 13 civilians, including three women:

Residents are not denying the existence of al Qaeda elements in their region but say that misdirected strikes work in favor of the militant group, helping them recruit new operatives.

“I would not be surprised if a hundred tribesmen joined the lines of al Qaeda as a result of the latest drone mistake,” said Nasr Abdullah, an activist in the district of the attack. “This part of Yemen takes revenge very seriously.”

See here and here for more on how US drone strikes generate blowback and new al-Qaeda recruits. (h/t Micah Zenko)




27 Responses to “Recent US Drone Strike May Generate ‘A Hundred’ New al-Qaeda Recruits”

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  2. I don’t know how much clearer it could be communicated at this point how these strikes cause as much or more terrorism than the purport to thwart. The only logical conclusion to draw is that those in control of the operations willfully ignore this point, which is not difficult at all for me to conclude. The reasons why they ignore the obvious blown back would be speculative but that they ignore it should not be in dispute. The other possibility is that they are fully in denial about the consequences. I suspect it’s a little of both.

  3. Not that I need to remind any regular readers of this site, but of course that's the point. Without an endless supply of new "threats" to fight, the war-on-terror-for-profit couldn't continue.

  4. [...] if America would stop the intervention, they would also stop the creation of new terrorists.  The acts of violence and the untold death toll that continues to climb only weaken the security [...]

  5. Does that mean that the drones that attack innocents who are on the Brennan Country A kill list (e.g. Pakistan), will give birth to more Al Qaeda, who can then be used as cannon fodder in Country B (e.g., Syria)? Could we call them genetically modified terrorists, as opposed to genetically mutated innocents who just happened to be in the vicinity of depleted uranium ordinance?

  6. [...] Recent US Drone Strike May Generate 'A Hundred' New al-Qaeda Recruits [...]

  7. Yep, it's an endless war designed to generate more boogiemen, more profits for war-profiteers, continue the justification of an imperial police-state, continue to justify more tax-payer money for the Pentagon (inc. DHS and NSA), and contnue to justify the mass-murdering of Muslims (Number One enemy of the Zionists).

  8. After killing OBL, the US declared that Haqqani network are now terrorists. An endless supply of "bad guys" can always be created. The US is will soon be killing people who were not even born when 9/11 occurred. Revenge is endless in order to stoke the MIC.

  9. [...] after a US drone strike last week in Yemen killed killed 13 civilians, including three women, CNN reported that drone strikes often “work in favor of the militant group, helping them recruit new [...]

  10. [...] Recent US Drone Strike May Generate ‘A Hundred’ New al-Qaeda Recruits (antiwar.com) [...]

  11. Does that mean that the drones that attack innocents who are on the Brennan Country A kill list (e.g. Pakistan), will give birth to more Al Qaeda, who can then be used as cannon fodder in Country B (e.g., Syria)? Could we call them genetically modified terrorists, as opposed to genetically mutated innocents who just happened to be in the vicinity of depleted uranium ordinance?

  12. I know what you were trying to say, but the US HAS been killing people who were not even born when 9/11 occurred…

  13. [...] kills civilians and is daily embittering entire populations of Muslims in Pakistan and Yemen, increasing al-Qaeda recruits and laying the groundwork for more [...]

  14. [...] kills civilians and is daily embittering entire populations of Muslims in Pakistan and Yemen, increasing al-Qaeda recruits and laying the groundwork for more [...]

  15. [...] kills civilians and is daily embittering entire populations of Muslims in Pakistan and Yemen, increasing al-Qaeda recruits and laying the groundwork for more blowback. Meanwhile, US policies in Syria come dangerously [...]

  16. Residents are not denying the existence of al Qaeda elements in their region but say that misdirected strikes work in favor of the militant group, helping them recruit new operatives.

  17. [...] them on life support through “foreign aid” and “democracy promotion” grants. In Yemen, we’re bombing them: in Egypt, we’re trying to influence their elections, and they’re on the take from us to the [...]

  18. [...] life support through “foreign aid” and “democracy promotion” grants. In Yemen, we’re bombing them: in Egypt, we’re trying to influence their elections, and they’re on the take from [...]

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  20. [...] of the biggest problems (and there are many) with the Obama administration’s drone program is that it targets unidentified [...]

  21. Residents are not denying the existence of al Qaeda elements in their region but say that misdirected strikes work in favor of the militant group, helping them recruit new operatives.

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