END WAR In Pakistan US CIA-Xe Drone Strikes Kill Civilians; To Continue Strikes Even If Pak Against
How To Go To Heaven: www.jesus-is-savior.com news.antiwar.com US Killed 700 Civilians in Pakistan Drone Strikes in 2009 'Year of the Drone Strike' Netted Only Five Actual Militant Leaders Jason Ditz, January 02, 2010 On January 1, 2009, a US drone strike killed two senior al-Qaeda leaders, the first in what then President-elect Barack Obama had said would be a dramatic escalation of the aerial bombardment of Pakistan's tribal area. And escalate it did. The US launched 44 distinct drone strikes in Pakistan in 2009, far more than in previous years. The pinnacle of America's drone achievements was in August, when they killed Tehreek-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader Baitullah Mehsud. Much has been made of the successes, but while the strikes have been regular and they almost always are presented by Pakistan's intelligence community as having killed "suspects," the actual successes are few and far between, with only five confirmed kills of real militant leaders, and a handful of unconfirmed claims that usually haven't panned out. The vast majority of the deaths, around 700 according to one estimate, have been innocent civilians. With such a massive civilian toll and so little to show for it, it is no wonder that Pakistani people have been up in arms over the continued strikes. But US officials have rarely commented on the drone strikes, except on those rare occasions when they actually kill someone meaningful, and seem completely ambivalent to the hundreds of innocent people <b>...</b>
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