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The United States government has made hundreds of attacks on targets in northwest Pakistan since 2004 using drones (unmanned aerial vehicles) controlled by the Central Intelligence Agency's Special Activities Division. These attacks are part of the United States' War On Terrorism campaign, seeking to defeat Taliban and al-Qaeda militants in Pakistan. Most of these attacks are on targets in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas along the Afghan border in Northwest Pakistan. These strikes have increased substantially under the Presidency of Barack Obama. Some media refer to the series of attacks as a "drone war".


Pakistan's government publicly condemns these attacks, but has secretly shared intelligence with the United States and also allegedly allowed the drones to operate from Shamsi Airfield in Pakistan until 21 April 2011, when 150 Americans left the base. According to secret diplomatic cables leaked by Wikileaks, Pakistan's army Chief Ashfaq Parvez Kayani not only tacitly agreed to the drone flights, but in 2008 requested Americans to increase them. However, Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik said, "drone missiles cause collateral damage. A few militants are killed, but the majority of victims are innocent citizens." The strikes are often linked to anti-American sentiment in Pakistan and the growing questionability of the scope and extent of CIA activities in Pakistan.


Reports of the number of militants versus civilian casualties differ. In a 2009 opinion article, Daniel L. Byman of the Brookings Institution wrote that drone strikes may have killed "10 or so civilians" for every "mid- and high-ranking [al Qaeda and Taliban] leader." In contrast, the New America Foundation has estimated that 80 percent of those killed in the attacks were militants. The Pakistani military has stated that most of those killed were hardcore Al-Qaeda and Taliban militants. The CIA believes that the strikes conducted since May 2010 have killed over 600 militants and have not caused any civilian fatalities, a claim that experts disputed. Based on extensive research, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism found that between 391 – 780 civilians were killed out of a total of between 1,658 and 2,597 and that 160 children are reported among the deaths. The Bureau also revealed that since President Obama took office at least 50 civilians were killed in follow-up strikes when they had gone to help victims and more than 20 civilians have also been attacked in deliberate strikes on funerals and mourners, tactics that have been condemned by legal experts. Barbara Elias-Sanborn has also cautioned that, "as much of the literature on drones suggests, such killings usually harden militants' determination to fight, stalling any potential negotiations and settlement."


drone strikes were halted in November 2011 after NATO forces killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in the Salala incident. Shamsi Airfield was evacuated of Americans and taken over by the Pakistanis December 2011. The incident prompted an approximately two-month stop to the drone strikes, which resumed on 10 January 2012.

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Instead, until January 2017, the people there had to expect US drone attacks against al Qaeda at any time. With the Trump Presidency, they have found that drone strikes are far more frequent and, in addition, US air strikes have become a regular feature.
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Threateningly, General John Nicholson, the top US commander in Afghanistan, recently said that around 7o percent of Daesh's fighters in Afghanistan comprise former disgruntled members of the hibernating TTP.
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Dera Ismail Khan: A US drone attack on a car killed an al Qaeda 'commander', a Taliban trainer and two other militants in Afghanistan's Paktika province near the border with Pakistan.
The Monday killing of notorious militant Qari Yaseen in a US drone attack in the Barmal district of the Paktika Province is further proof that those who have declared war on Pakistan have been able to maintain a base of operations in Afghanistan ...
"As our neighbors around the world flee in desperation across borders or within the confines of their own countries, we [in the United States] must continually educate ourselves about the reality of what our nation's actions mean to the world's poor ...
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The statement goes on to say, "The U.S. is very much at war today, with troops, air strikes, drone attacks under way in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen and more countries.
An Afghan soldier opened fire Sunday inside a base in the southern Helmand province, wounding three U.S. soldiers before being shot dead.
Another man gave us money to buy oxygen tanks." Under Islamic State rule, the hospital was permitted to function. Two weeks after East Mosul was liberated, jihadis directed four drone attacks on the hospital from West Mosul. One hit a child with ...
Sources said on Saturday that a US drone targeted the car in the Narr area close to the border, killing local Taliban 'commanders' Haroon Shuikhel Wazir and Azmat Mahsud.
Sources said on Saturday that a US drone targeted the car in the Narr area close to the border, killing local Taliban 'commanders' Haroon Shuikhel Wazir and Azmat Mahsud.
Sources said on Saturday that a US drone targeted the car in the Narr area close to the border, killing local Taliban 'commanders' Haroon Shuikhel Wazir and Azmat Mahsud.
Another man gave us money to buy oxygen tanks." Under Islamic State rule, the hospital was permitted to function. Two weeks after East Mosul was liberated, jihadis directed four drone attacks on the hospital from West Mosul. One hit a child with ...
"They used to hit us once. But we can hit them up to four times with a single drone," he says. Lieutenant General Raed Shaker Jawdat of the federal police - who are taking part in the battle alongside a special forces unit - says the "new military ...
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Shifting from the drone policy of the Obama administration, President Donald Trump has given the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) new authority to conduct drone attacks against suspected militants, anonymous U.S. officials said. The new policy is in ...


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