The U.S. has carried out 80 targeted operations in Yemen since 2009, according to HRW.
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A German court Wednesday rejected a complaint by three Yemenis demanding that Berlin bar Washington from using a U.S. base on its territory to operate deadly drones.It also found that the government had some "leeway in its assessment, evaluation and actions" when it came to foreign policy matters, according to the ruling by presiding judge Hildegund Caspari-Wierzoch.Washington has for years launched drone strikes targeting suspected Al-Qaeda militants in Yemen, an impoverished country that in recent months has been torn by fierce fighting between its beleaguered Saudi-backed government and Iran-backed rebels.Germany's Spiegel news weekly and other media have reported that Ramstein is used as a signal relay station that allows military personnel in the United States to remotely steer drones and launch attacks as far away as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen or Somalia.
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