The Netherlands taken to court for a US drone attack

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A graffiti depicts a US drone as a protest against US drone operations, in Sana’a, Yemen, 07 April 2014. Reports state Yemen has issued a temporary ban on US military drone strikes in the country following a drone strike that hit a wedding convey in December 2013, killing 13 Yemeni civilians and wounding 21 others.

The Netherlands taken to court for a US drone attack


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In a court, alliance may become liability. The Netherlands are not taken to court for the attack of a US drone for which they provided intelligence.

Two Somali shepherds are suing the Netherlands for providing inaccurate intelligence that resulted in the killing of their children and their herd.

The daughters of the Somali shepherds were tending to the family herds, when they came under attack by a US drone in January 2014.  The US military had been tipped by Dutch military intelligence (MIVD) and they thought they were attacking a terrorist convoy of Al Shabaab. The information was accurate.

The terrorist convoy was indeed passing. The drone strike was intended to kill Ahmed Godane, the leader of Al Shabaab, who survived the attack, although part of his crew were killed. The drone may or may not have seen the innocent bystanders, although they would have surely seen the cattle. Under Dutch Law this is a war crime; under US law this is collateral damage while defending national security. Therefore, the two Somali herdsmen two are taking their case to the Netherlands.

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