November Drone Report: Strikes Spike in Yemen, Children Reportedly Killed in Pakistan

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A man walks past graffiti denouncing strikes by U.S. drones painted on a wall in Sanaa, Yemen, November 13, 2014. Khaled Abdullah/Reuters

With a series of new conflicts popping up abroad and at home, we tend to lose sight of the ongoing ones. Though shrouded in secrecy, here's a brief overview of November's U.S. drone strikes as reported by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.


The CIA conducted three strikes in Pakistan last month, killing between 13 and 24 people in all. According to an Al-Qaeda spokesman, the first strike allegedly killed two teenage boys. If true, it would mark the first children's deaths since August 2012.

According to analysis by Reprieve, a legal charity in the U.K., all U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan have targeted 24 men, but killed 874 people in the process. In the six attempts it took to kill Qari Hussain, for example, 128 people were killed, including 13 children.


Yemen was hit with four drone strikes in November killing between 22 and 35 people. This marks the highest number of confirmed U.S. attacks in a single month since April.

Three of the strikes hit vehicles. In one strike, two men who were allegedly associated with Al-Qaeda were killed. In another, Shawki al-Badani was reportedly killed. He was the target of a U.S. drone strike in December 2013 that hit a wedding party, killing 12 people and injuring the bride.

The Reprieve study mentioned above also concluded that 17 men were targeted in Yemen since 2004, and 273 others were killed in the process.


For a third consecutive month, there were no reported drone operations.