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Anatomy of an Air Attack Gone Wrong

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The villagers who rushed to the road, cutting through rocky fields in central Yemen, found the dead strewn around a burning sport utility vehicle. The bodies were dusted with white powder -- flour and sugar, the witnesses said -- that the victims were bringing home from market when the aircraft attacked. A torched woman clutched her daughter in a lifeless embrace. Four severed heads littered the pavement. 'The bodies were charred like coal. I could not recognize the faces,' said Ahmed al-Sabooli, 22, a farmer whose parents and 10-year-old sister were among the dead. 'Then I recognized my mother because she was still holding my sister in her lap. That is when I cried.'
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