But I thought killing innocent civilians just made 'them' hate 'us' more?

From the Jerusalem Post’s version of the story:

Al Qaida No. 3 Mustafa al-Yazid was killed in US strike in Pakistan on Monday, according to an announcement from the group.

A US official said that Yazid was believed to have died along with members of his family in a US missile strike.

A statement posted on an al-Qaida Website said Yazid, which it described as the organization’s top commander in Afghanistan, was killed along with his wife, three daughters, a grandchild and other men, women and children but did not say how or where.

The early NYT/Reuters version makes zero mention of family members killed. A full Reuters article later does mention it, but the full NYT story is 12 paragraphs long without a single mention of civilian/women/children deaths.

Could it be because before January 20, 2009, the NYT story would have included comments from “experts” that this was really bad news, not good news, plus of course quotes from leading Democrats saying, “All these lower-level ‘leaders’ are a dime a dozen. Where’s bin Laden?”

Or is it just coincidence? There have been a lot of those lately.