Solving German-US geopolitical ambiguity: court rules government responsible for Yemen drone strikes

A court in Germany ruled on Tuesday that the government has partial responsibility to ensure US drone strikes, controlled with the help of an American base on German territory, are in line with international law.

However, judges stopped short of ordering the ban that human rights activists had called for. The Muenster administrative court said available evidence suggests the US’ Ramstein Air Base in southern Germany plays “a central role” for the relay of flight control data used for armed drone strikes in Yemen.

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License to kill? Berlin finally admits hosting key US drone war base

After years of denial, Berlin has acknowledged that the US Air Force is using Ramstein Air Base in Germany to carry out drone attacks in anti-terrorist operations.

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