ACTION ALERT: Take Malik Jalal Off Obama's Kill List
May 1, 2016 Malik Jalal / 38 Degrees & Democracy Now!
Malik Jalal has been targeted by drones four times. Dozens of other innocent people have died in the strikes. His family members are terrified that he will be next. Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch has revealed as many as 12 civilians were killed in December when a US drone targeted vehicles that were part of a wedding procession going towards the groom's village outside the central Yemeni city of Rad'a. It is useless for the US to deny this: there is a video.
My name is Malik Jalal, and I am a senior member of the North Waziristan Peace Committee. We are tasked by the Pakistani government with negotiating peace in my region. The US has deemed some of the groups I negotiate with its enemies, but I believe the only way to achieve peace is by talking to all sides.
I also believe that I am on a ‘Kill List’ because of my efforts. I have been targeted four times by drones. More than a dozen other innocent people have already been killed by the missiles fired at me.
I am happy to answer any questions the US or UK may have. All I ask is this: please stop trying to kill me, my family and my colleagues from the North Waziristan Peace Committee.
Why Is This Important?
Last week, I travelled to England at the invitation of Lord Ken MacDonald. I told my story to show the UK and the US that I am not the kind of person they want to murder. I spoke to members of Parliament, who have written a letter on my behalf.
But, Phillip Hammond and Teresa May would not meet with me. Nor would anyone else in the UK or US governments. From them, I received only silence.
Many people have already been killed in the strikes targeting me. When I leant my vehicle to my nephew, it was targeted by a missile and he was nearly killed. When I accepted a friend’s dinner invitation, his house was hit just before I arrived, killing three people. When my colleagues met to resolve a local dispute, they were targeted and 40 innocent people were killed.
My children are terrified that next time they will succeed and kill me. But I am worried that they will become victims too.
Turning a Wedding Into a Funeral:
US Drone Strike in Yemen Killed as Many as 12 Civilians Democracy Now!
(February 21, 2014) -- Human Rights Watch has revealed as many as 12 civilians were killed in December when a US drone targeted vehicles that were part of a wedding procession going towards the groom's village outside the central Yemeni city of Rad'a.
According to HRW, "some, if not all those killed and wounded were civilians" and not members of the armed group al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, as US and Yemeni government officials initially claimed. The report concluded that the attack killed 12 men, between the ages of 20 and 65, and wounded 15 others. It cites accounts from survivors, relatives of the dead, local officials and news media reports.
We speak to Human Rights Watch researcher Letta Tayler, who wrote the report, "A Wedding That Became a Funeral: US Drone Attack on Marriage Procession in Yemen" and Jeremy Scahill, co-founder of the TheIntercept.org, a new digital magazine published by First Look Media. He is the producer and writer of the documentary film, "Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield," which is nominated for an Academy Award.
Democracy Now!, is an independent global news hour that airs weekdays on 1,200+ TV and radio stations Monday through Friday. Watch our livestream 8-9am ET at http://www.democracynow.org.
Please consider supporting independent media by making a donation to Democracy Now!