"I could never have imagined that the same hand that changed my life and took it from a miserable to a promising one would also drone my village," al-Muslimi told Senators.
"In the past, what Wessab villagers knew of the U.S. was based on my stories about my wonderful experiences here," he said.
"Now, however when they think of Americans they think of the terror they feel from the drones overhead that hover, ready to fire missiles at any time. What the violent militants have previously failed to achieve, one drone strike accomplished in an instant. There is now an intense anger towards America in Wessab."
The testimony, delivered at a special Senate hearing on the legality of drone strikes, marked the first time that members of Congress have heard from a civilian affected by drone attacks. And his remarks bear powerful witness to the human toll — and unintended blowback — U.S. drone strikes have among local civilian populations.