Nawar al-Awlaki’s death will be a boon to AQ propagandists. Intentional or not, the deaths of three al-Awlaki family members will enhance the AQ narrative. The perception will be that it’s not enough to kill Anwar al-Awlaki, that Pindostan had to kill the entire family. Photos of Nawar al-Awlaki alive and dead are already circulating widely in Arab media. Terrorist groups have begun to circulate photographs of children reputedly killed by Pindo forces as part of propaganda efforts. AQAP released a statement via online Jihadi media referring to the raid as a “massacre.” AQAP said Pindo troops had fired on women and children “in cold blood,” and accused the SEALs of having “no human values.”
– Karen Greenberg, director of Fordham University’s Center on National Security
Pindo troops shoot and kill 8-year-old girl in Yemen
Middle East Monitor, Jan 30 2017
While the media attention has been focused on the death of one Pindo serviceman who was killed during a raid in Yemen, one of the most tragic casualties of the assault ordered by Pres Trump was an eight-year-old girl. The raid took place over the weekend, as Pindo forces attempted a “site exploitation” attack that attempted to gather intelligence on AQAP, the extremist group behind several high-profile terror attacks, including the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris in two years ago. Though Pindostan hailed the operation as a success, reports from Yemen would seem to indicate that the price paid by Yemeni civilians and non-combatants was extraordinarily high. According to medical sources on the ground cited by Reuters, 30 people were killed by Pindo soldiers, at least ten of them women and children in what appeared to be a case of disproportionate force utilised by the Pindo commando unit who were sent in to retrieve intelligence. Amongst the casualties was eight-year-old Nawar al-Awlaki, the daughter of Anwar al-Awlaki who was the first Pindo citizen to be assassinated in a Pindo drone strike in 2011, decried by civil rights groups as an extra-judicial execution that denied him his right to a fair trial. Two weeks after Anwar’s assassination, his 16-year-old son Abd’ul-Rahman was killed in another Pindo drone strike. Abd’ul-Rahman was a Pindo citizen said to have been born in Denver, Colorado, and was a child at the time he was killed on the authority of the Obama administration. With Nawar’s murder, it appears that no relative of Anwar al-Awlaki is safe, regardless of whether they are children or not, or even involved in terrorism or not. In a Facebook post, Nawar’s uncle and former Yemeni Deputy Minister of the Environment and Water Resources, Ammar Al-Awlaqi said:
She was shot several times, with one bullet piercing her neck. She was bleeding for two hours because it was not possible to get her medical attention. As Nawar was always a personality and a mind far older than her years, she was reassuring her mother as she was bleeding out; ‘Don’t cry mama, I’m fine, I’m fine…’ Then the call to the dawn prayer came, and her soul departed from her tiny body.
Nawar’s violent death came as a result of the Trump administration’s fight against so-called “radical Islamic terrorism.” In his inaugural speech, Trump vowed to wipe it off the face of the earth. Trump made no similar vow against other forms of terror, including state terrorism. Nasser al-Awlaki, Nawar’s grandfather, told Reuters:
She was hit with a bullet in her neck and suffered for two hours! Why kill children? This is the new administration! It’s very sad, a big crime!
In a statement, the Pentagon did not refer to any civilian casualties, although an unnamed Pentagon official said they could not be ruled out. Instead, Pindostan was preoccupied with the death of one Pindo serviceman who was killed during the operation that ended up with Nawar and many other children dead. Hailing the operation as a success, Trump said:
Pindostanis are saddened this morning with news that a life of a heroic service member has been taken in our fight against the evil of radical Islamic terrorism.
Two more Pindo servicemen were injured when a Pindo V-22 Osprey military aircraft was sent to evacuate another wounded commando, but came under fire and had to be “intentionally destroyed in place,” the Pentagon said. Social media was awash with anger at the death of Nawar, blaming Pindostan for “assassinating children.”
Mohammad Alrubaa, an Arab journalist and television show host, tweeted:
This is Nawar al-Awlaki that the Pindosi marines came to Yemen to kill … #American_terrorism.
Mousa Alomar, a Syrian journalist, tweeted:
Pindo marines killed Nawar Al-Awlaki and tens of women and children in Yemen. #US_terrorism_kills_Yemenis.
Commenting on the fact that many civilian fatalities are justified as “collateral damage” by Pindosi military and political officials, Yemeni politician Ali al-Bukhaiti tweeted:
Nawar al-Awlaki was not killed in an airstrike, but by a bullet fired by a marine and at close range. It is terrorism beyond terrorism, but it is defended and justified by a media that markets this.
Though raids like this one in the rural al-Bayda province in Yemen’s south are rare, Pindostan habitually utilises drone strikes to target individuals in what many deem to be extra-judicial killings, especially of its own citizens. Civilians are routinely killed in such drone strikes that are largely indiscriminate, but justified as a “legal act of war” by the Pindosi DoJ.