Drone Wars Yemen: Analysis

Yemen Strike Totals

108
total strikes
775 - 1018
total killed
81 - 87
civilians killed
663 - 881
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 21, 2014.

Throughout the history of the program, there have been 15 air strikes and 93 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
Monday, April 21, 2014 in Shabwah Between 3 and 3 total killed Between 3 and 3 militants killed. AQAP
Sunday, April 20, 2014 in Abyan Between 25 and 55 total killed Between 25 and 55 militants killed. AQAP
Saturday, April 19, 2014 Hazemiyah in Bayda Between 12 and 15 total killed Between 9 and 12 militants killed. Between 3 and 3 civilians killed. AQAP
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 Shabwa in Abyan Between 3 and 3 total killed Between 3 and 3 militants killed. AQAP
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 Wadi Abida in Sanaa Between 4 and 4 total killed Between 4 and 4 militants killed. AQAP
Monday, March 10, 2014 in Marib 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 Marib Between 2 and 2 total killed Between 2 and 2 militants killed. Unclear
Monday, January 27, 2014 Wadi Obaida in Marib 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. Unclear
Thursday, December 12, 2013 Rada'a in 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 Mahfad in Abyan Between 12 and 12 total killed Between 12 and 12 militants killed. AQAP
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 Ghayl Ba Wazir in Hadramaut Between 3 and 4 total killed Between 3 and 4 militants killed. AQAP
Friday, August 30, 2013 Rada'a in 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