On this day in 2011, an Obama-ordered drone strike killed 16 year-old American citizen Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, his teenage cousin, and 5 other civilians as they were eating at an outdoor cafe in Southern Yemen.

Abdulrahman’s grandfather, described him as “a typical teenager — he watched “The Simpsons,” listened to Snoop Dogg, read “Harry Potter” and had a Facebook page with many friends. He had a mop of curly hair, glasses like me and a wide, goofy smile.”

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His grandfather said, “I visited the site once I was able to bear the pain of seeing where he sat in his final moments. Local residents told me his body was blown to pieces. They showed me the grave where they buried his remains. I stood over it, asking why my grandchild was dead.”

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The US government has offered no explanation for why it targeted a Abdulrahman in a drone assassination, and lawsuits brought by his grandfather, like other lawsuits over drone deaths, have been dismissed.

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@SeanAloysiusOBrien I remember this. His father was highly respected for his talks, even though tbh the majority of it was just reading from books. It was very upsetting to see the path he took.

Having said that, his son had nothing to do with it and should have been spared.

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