When the Obama administration announced in December 2009 the deployment of 30,000 new troops in Afghanistan, there was already an increase of attacks by pilotless Predator drones against Taliban and Al Qaeda militants in Afghanistan and Pakistan’s tribal areas, of which one probably killed a few key members of Al Qaeda. However, neither Osama bin Laden nor Ayman al-Zawahiri were the likely targets, according to reports. And According to a report from the New America Foundation, armed drone strikes had dramatically increased under President Obama – even before his deployment decision. There were 43 such attacks between January and October 2009. The report draws on what it deems to be “credible” local and national media stories about the attacks. That compared with a total of 34 in all of 2008, under President Bush’s last full year in office. Since 2006, drone-launched missiles allegedly had killed between 750 and 1,000 people in Pakistan, according to the report. Of these, about 20 people were said to be leaders of Al Qaeda, Taliban, and associated groups. Overall, 66% to 68% of the people killed were militants, and 31% to 33% were civilians.
Let’s see 20 persons targeted and 1000 killed doesn’t look like like a good tool from a democratic country to me. one with any values oh yes this is the CIA go on…
US officials disputed the percentage for civilians. Well dispute this…
Just in a days work at the CIA, authorized on that so called Kill list. This is a just an ordinary day and there are dozens of pictures of Kids just like this! I think they call this indiscriminate Killings to me.
Leading the world in Making new friends. When you kill their kids what are they suppose to do? WELL WHAT!
The U.S. Air Force has recently begun referring at least to larger UAS like Predator, Reaper, and Global Hawk as Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), to highlight the fact that these systems are always controlled by a human operator at some location.
One issue with civilian casualties is the relative lack of discretion of the 100 lb (45 kg) Hellfire, which was designed to eliminate tanks and attack bunkers but used recently against a 16 year old boy and his 12 year old pakistani cousin. They probably should have used Smaller weapons such as the Raytheon Griffin and Small Tactical Munition are being developed as a less indiscriminate alternative, and development is underway on the still smaller, US Navy-developed Spike missile.The payload-limited Predator A can also be armed with six Griffin missiles, as opposed to only two of the much-heavier Hellfires. more economical price per kill ratio.
Although it may never be known how many civilians have died as a result of U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan, there are estimates of hundreds or thousands of innocent bystanders who have perished in such attacks. Isn’t it fair to say 1 inocent life isn’t worth any of this technology.
Pakistani authorities released statistics indicating that between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2009, U.S. Predator and Reaper drone strikes have killed over 700 innocent civilians.
The website PakistanBodyCount.Org (by Zeeshan-ul-hassan Usmani, a Fulbright Scholar at the Florida Institute of Technology) shows 1065 civilian deaths between June 2004 to January 30, 2010 and tallying 103 drone strikes carried out by the U.S.With the increase of drone strikes, according to the most recent story in The International News, January 2010 proved to be a deadly month in Pakistan with 123 innocent civilians killed.
In addition, it has been reported that 160 children have died from drone attacks in Pakistan.Further, over 1000 civilians have been injured.This evidence runs counter to the Obama administration’s claim that ‘nearly for the past year there hasn’t been a single collateral death’ due to drone attacks. According to the February 24, 2010 policy analysis “The Year of the Drone” released by the New America Foundation, the civilian fatality rate since 2004 is approximately 32%. The study reports that 114 reported drone strikes in northwest Pakistan from 2004 to present killed between 830 to 1210 individuals, around 550 to 850 of whom were militants.
Will There be anybody ever going to come to their senses. Stop The CIA from Killing. From Kennedy to Killing the World beyond
Now they don’t even know Who they are killing.
Thanks Obama Thanks Rothschild making the world YOUR KIND of place one day at a time.