Two Somali citizens have taken legal action against the Netherlands for war crimes. The two nomads represented by Dutch lawyers Göran Sluiter and Liesbeth Zegveld, claim that they were hit and lost their two young daughters because of an American drone strike in January 2014. The US operation was meant to eliminate Ahmed Godane and resulted in the killing of several Al Shabaab members. At the time, no civilian casualties were reported by any media or Western officials.
The two victims claim that the Netherlands are co-reponsible for the attack since the Dutch intelligence has been providing crucial information on Somali communications to the US. The Intercept has revealed documentation stating that more than half of US interventions in Yemen and Somalia are informed by meta data, which is often provided by foreign partners. The use of these telecommunication data by the US army is the basis of the case brought by the two Dutch lawyers.
Sluiter, one of the lawyer, criticized the so-called precision of targeted done killings: “Drone strikes are only allowed if there are no innocent victims in the area. But obviously the drones are not controlled with due care”, Sluiter said. Controversies have recently became stronger around drone attack. According to The Intercept, only 35 out of 200 killings by drone from 2012 to 2013 in Afghanistan were intended targets.