Drone Wars Yemen: Analysis

Yemen Strike Totals

105
total strikes
735 - 945
total killed
78 - 84
civilians killed
626 - 811
militants killed
31 - 50
unknown killed

The purpose of this database is to provide as much information as possible about covert U.S. drone and air strikes (e.g. cruise missiles) in Yemen in the absence of any such transparency on the part of the American government. This data was collected from credible news reports and is presented here with the relevant sources.

It was updated with information from the latest Yemen strike, which occurred on April 1, 2014.

Throughout the history of the program, there have been 15 air strikes and 90 drone strikes in Yemen. With the exception of the first lethal drone strike in Yemen in 2002, all of them have been launched during the Obama administration.

Drone strikes

= Strike (Yellow for an air strike, Gray for a drone strike; Size of circle relative to the average estimate of those killed.)

All Yemen Strikes

Click on the date for more information about a specific strike.

Date Location Total killed Militants killed Civilians killed Unknown killed Target organization
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 Shabwa in Abyan Between 3 and 3 total killed Between 3 and 3 militants killed. Al-Qaeda
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 Wadi Abida in Sana'a Between 4 and 4 total killed Between 4 and 4 militants killed. Al-Qaeda
Monday, March 10, 2014 in Maarib Between 1 and 1 total killed Between 1 and 1 militants killed. AQAP
Monday, March 3, 2014 Mayfa'a in Shabwah Between 2 and 2 total killed Between 2 and 2 militants killed. Unclear
Monday, March 3, 2014 in Maarib Between 2 and 2 total killed Between 2 and 2 militants killed. Unclear
Monday, January 27, 2014 Wadi Obaida in Maarib Between 3 and 3 total killed Between 3 and 3 militants killed. AQAP
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 Shibam in Hadramaut Between 1 and 1 total killed Between 1 and 1 civilians killed.
Thursday, December 12, 2013 Rada'a in Al Bayda Between 11 and 15 total killed Between 15 and 11 civilians killed. AQAP
Monday, December 9, 2013 Al Qatn in Hadramaut Between 3 and 3 total killed Between 3 and 3 militants killed. AQAP
Monday, November 25, 2013 Al Mahfid in Abyan Between 12 and 12 total killed Between 12 and 12 militants killed. Al-Qaeda
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 Ghayl Ba Wazir in Hadramawt Between 3 and 4 total killed Between 3 and 4 militants killed. AQAP
Friday, August 30, 2013 Rada'a in Al Bayda Between 3 and 6 total killed Between 3 and 6 militants killed. AQAP
Saturday, August 10, 2013 el-Askariya in Lahij Between 2 and 3 total killed Between 2 and 3 militants killed. AQAP
Thursday, August 8, 2013 Al Qatn in Hadramaut Between 3 and 4 total killed Between 3 and 4 militants killed. AQAP
Thursday, August 8, 2013 Al Ain in Hadramaut Between 2 and 3 total killed Between 2 and 3 militants killed. AQAP
Thursday, August 8, 2013 Wadi Abida in Marib Between 8 and 8 total killed Between 6 and 6 militants killed. Between 2 and 2 unknown killed. AQAP
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 Markha in Shabwah Between 6 and 7 total killed Between 6 and 7 militants killed. AQAP
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 Wadi Abida in Marib Between 4 and 4 total killed Between 4 and 4 militants killed. AQAP
Thursday, August 1, 2013 Wadi Ser in Hadramaut Between 3 and 4 total killed Between 3 and 4 militants killed. AQAP
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 Saeed in Shabwah Between 3 and 3 total killed Between 3 and 3 militants killed. AQAP