A newly re-elected President Barack Obama ordered drone strikes to be dropped on a group of al-Qaida militants outside Yemen’s capital city Wednesday night, less than 24 hours after winning re-election.
According to Xinhua News Agency, China’s official state press agency, Yemeni government officials said three terrorists were confirmed killed Wednesday night by “a missile fired from a U.S. unmanned plane.”
Yemen is eight hours ahead of the U.S. Eastern time zone, which means the drones likely struck Yemen when it was afternoon in the U.S. — less than a day after American polls closed.
Yemeni journalists and citizens took to Twitter reporting the strikes, saying it was the closest to the capital city, Sanaa, than any other strike.
Despite public pressure, drones were a limited topic during the election season. Drones only came up once, briefly, in the third presidential debate. Republican Mitt Romney supported the president’s approach to “that technology” and Obama was not pressed to defend himself.
A Pew Research Center survey from June found that despite international disapproval of drone strikes, 62 percent of Americans support them.