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Civilian drone strike victims appear before Congress

•, John Glaser
 The briefing, organized by Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL), featured Rafiq ur Rehman and two of his children who survived the drone attack, as well as documentary filmmaker Robert Greenwald, who recently released a new exposè called Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars.
“Nobody has ever told me why my mother was targeted that day,” Rafiq ur Rehman explained. “The media reported that the attack was on a car, but there is no road alongside my mother’s house. Several reported the attack was on a house. But the missiles hit a nearby field, not a house. Many reported that three, four, five militants were killed.”

“But only one person was killed that day,” he said, “not a militant, but my mother.”

Rehman said his three children - 13-year-old Zubair, 9-year-old Nabila and 5-year-old Asma – were playing nearby their grandmother when she was killed. All three were injured by shrapnel and rushed to the hospital.

Rep. Alan Grayson, in introducing the Rehmans, held back tears as he condemned what he called “miniature acts of war.”