Saturday, July 30, 2016

The Deadly Drone War

Since 2001 the United States has conducted extraterritorial air strikes using unmanned drones (UAVs). The Current Occupant has significantly increased the number of approved strikes compared to his predecessor in office. This infographic compiled by the London Bureau of Investigative Journalism shows the approximate location and time of reported UAV strikes in Pakistan from to 2004 to last year. Note that the number of civilian deaths is six times the number of high-value terrorist deaths.  In some cases targets are chosen without knowing the identity of the victim, so-called "signature strikes".