The intensification of U.S. drone attacks against al Qaeda cells in Yemen has fuelled anger, as residents of areas targeted by the pilotless craft say the strikes are killing innocent civilians.
Devastation in the Yemeni town of Jaar, left behind in the wake of air strikes by U.S. pilotless drones. An uptick in the strikes targeting al Qaeda cells throughout the country has aggravated discontent among Yemenis, who say the drones have already killed innocent civilians and threaten many more.
Local and international human rights NGOs say the drone strikes pose both physical and psychological threats to civilians.
A security void in Yemen has been exploited by the regional "al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula" faction to gain a foothold and launch attacks on Arab and Western targets.
Shoring up stability in Yemen is a priority for the United States and its Gulf allies because of its location next to the world's top oil exporter, Saudi Arabia, and to shipping lanes.
The Yemeni government allows the air strikes to take place.