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Drone Strikes Killing More Civilians than U.S. Admits, Human Rights Groups Say

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Pakistani Christian leader J. Salik chants slogans as he marches demanding the end to U.S. drone attacks, in Islamabad on Oct. 21, 2013. Amnesty International calls on the U.S. to investigate reported civilian casualties from drone strikes in Pakistan and compensate victims.

I don’t know why it took “human rights” groups to make this point clear when many others have detailed and documented this point.

Drone strikes killing more civilians than U.S. admits, human rights groups say

Washington Post

Two influential human rights groups say they have freshly documented dozens of civilian deaths in U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen, contradicting assertions by the Obama administration that such casualties are rare.

In Yemen, Human Rights Watch investigated six selected airstrikes since 2009 and concluded that at least 57 of the 82 people killed were civilians, including a pregnant woman and three children who perished in a September 2012 attack.

In Pakistan, Amnesty International investigated nine suspected U.S. drone strikes that occurred between May 2012 and July 2013 in the territory of North Waziristan. The group said it found strong evidence that more than 30 civilians were killed in four of the attacks.

The basic circumstances of each of the drone strikes had been previously reported by local and international news outlets. But the human rights groups said they were able to shed further light on the incidents by interviewing survivors, other witnesses and government officials in both countries.

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  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    The PM appears to be decidedly against drones, as are all other political parties in Pakistan. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/23/pakistani-pm-obama-end-drone-strikes

    The problem is that civilian leadership in the country is weak, the military and intelligence forces, at least from the days of Musharraf have been playing a double game, opposing drone strikes in public but colluding with the US behind the scenes. It’s interesting that on the day of his meeting with Obama the WaPo came out with an article “exposing” this:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/top-pakistani-leaders-secretly-backed-cia-drone-campaign-secret-documents-show/2013/10/23/15e6b0d8-3beb-11e3-b6a9-da62c264f40e_story.html

    Definitely a CIA leak to blunt the Pak PM’s call for an end to strikes.

  • Seeker

    I hardly think it’s possible that any of us would consider your intentions in a negative light. Not sure what gave you that idea. But you don’t need to apologise for stating an opinion.

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  • mindy1

    I am sorry if I offended anyone, or if it seemed as though I was trying to make light of a serious issue. That was not my intent, I was just trying to have a discussion based on my limited understanding of the subject.

  • Seeker

    No Mindy. The problem with drones is that they are operated by men.
    If you replaced the drones with actual soldiers on the ground you would still have the casualties.

  • Yausari

    That’s hardly an issue to them. They do “signature strikes” and double tapping. In other words they don’t care if they’re bad or good people on the ground. They killed more civilians before and they’re still doing it now.

  • Jekyll

    So much for the glory and honour of war.

  • Jekyll

    So much for the glory and honour of war!

  • mindy1

    I think the problem with drones lies with the fact that they are robots, they cannot tell good people from bad people. The intelligence on the ground needs to be verified, in order to make sure that no innocents are hurt. Sadly, sometimes the good guys and bad guys are close together :((

  • Yausari

    Pakistani PM slams US for drone strikes

  • Heinz Catsup

    Good for A.I. & H.R.W.!

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