October 20, 2009

America's Drone War

New America Foundation, New America Foundation

As a result of the unprecedented 41 drone strikes into Pakistan authorized by the Obama administration, aimed at Taliban and al Qaeda networks based there, about a half-dozen leaders of militant organizations have been killed--including two heads of Uzbek terrorist groups allied with al Qaeda, and Baitullah Mehsud, the leader of the Pakistani Taliban--in addition to hundreds of lower-level militants and civilians, according to our analysis.[1]

The number of civilian deaths caused by the drones is an important issue because in the charged political atmosphere of today's Pakistan, where anti-Americanism is rampant, the drone program is a particular cause of anger among those who see it as an infringement on Pakistan's sovereignty. A Gallup poll in August found that only 9 percent...

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TAGGED: Pakistan, al-Qaeda, Taliban, Obama administration, Qaeda, Obama, George W. Bush, David Kilcullen, Andrew Exum, Baitullah Mehsud, Amir Mir, Long War Journal, the New York Times, leader , journalist

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