Saturday, October 26, 2013

Stop the drone strikes

Stop the drone strikes

by Ted Rudow III, MA ( Tedr77 [at] )

Saturday Oct 26th, 2013 2:31 PM

The Obama administration’s drone and targeted killing policy will come under scrutiny at the United Nations today with a report concluding at least 400 Pakistani civilians have been killed by drone strikes over the past decade. Another 200 victims have been deemed "probable non-combatants." The report also looks at U.S. drone attacks in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Somalia, as well as Israel’s use of drones in Gaza.

The U.N. report comes at a time when U.S. drone policy is facing unprecedented public criticism. Earlier this week, Amnesty International said some civilian drone killings in Pakistan may amount to war crimes. Human Rights Watch criticized U.S. drone strikes in Yemen. On Wednesday, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif urged President Obama to end drone strikes in Pakistan.

President Obama did not directly address the U.S. drone war and probe of the U.S. drone war. US Drone Strike Statistics estimate 370 drone strikes.

Total strikes: 370 Total reported killed: 2,548 - 3,549, Civilians reported killed: 411 - 890, Children reported killed: 168 - 197. Pakistan has repeatedly protested these attacks as an infringement of its sovereignty and because civilian deaths have also resulted, including women and children, which has further angered the Pakistani government and people. Strikes under the Bush Administration: 52, Strikes under the Obama Administration: 318

Stop the drone strikes!

Ted Rudow III,MA

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