Yemeni families sue President Obama over deadly drone strike

US President Barack Obama has been sued by families of two Yemeni men, Salem bin Ali Jaber and Waleed bin Ali Jaber, who were killed in a drone strike in 2012.

The families have lodged a wrongful death lawsuit against the Obama administration for the August 2012 incident that “violated the laws of war and norms of customary international law.”

The strike “provide[s] a case study of the failures of the drone war,” read the 41-page complaint filed with the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Sunday.

The two men “were wrongfully killed by United States personnel who performed their lethal acts in the United States,” the compliant added.

Salem, 43, worked as an imam and delivered sermons against al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups. Waleed, 26, was his cousin and worked as a local traffic police officer.

The two were killed in a “signature strike” which aimed to target three unknown men whom Salem and Waleed were meeting in the rural town of Khashamir. The strike killed all five men.

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