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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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He said the people should not think that Pakistan Army has conquered FATA. "On America's behest, the Musharraf government committed a mistake and stirred unrest with military operation." He said there were peace in FATA before the 9/11 and start of US drone attacks on tribal areas of Pakistan. - Samaa.
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The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has been ordered to shoot down attack drones operated by United States forces if they violate Pakistani airspace, Air Chief ... stand against drones operated by US forces based in Afghanistan which have been accused being indifferent to collateral damage in drone attacks, ...
Recently Pakistan registered a breakthrough of sorts when the US detached actions against the LeT from those against the Haqqani Network as a precondition for approving nearly 700 million dollars of ... drone attacks continued, and Pakistan's actions on its soil were always dubbed as 'inadequate'.
Parachinar: Three persons have been killed in a US drone attack in Kurram Agency near the Pak-Afghan border. According to details at 4-30 a.m. on Thursday in the Pakistan tribal area Kurram Agency the US drone attacked a house killing three person on the spot. The house is the property of Taliban commander ...
Parachinar: Three persons have been killed in a US drone attack in Kurram Agency near the Pak-Afghan border. According to details at 4-30 a.m. on Thursday in the Pakistan tribal area Kurram Agency the US drone attacked a house killing three person on the spot. The house is the property of Taliban ...

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If confirmed, it would be the fourth such US strike inside Pakistan since US President Donald Trump took office in January. Two Pakistani intelligence officials and a local government officer said an unmanned aerial vehicle dropped two missiles on a compound housing militants under the command of a ...
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A US drone strike in Yemen killed 10 suspected al-Qaeda members over ... The United States is the only force known to operate armed drones over ... hit in a drone attack on Qaifa in the central Bayda province late on Sunday, ...
The official said an overnight drone attack, "likely American," targeted three ... A long-running drone war against AQAP has intensified since US ...
"Think back when the US pursued the Taliban in Afghanistan and ... The Trump administration conducted its first drone attack in Somalia, ...
ADEN, Yemen, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- At least four militants of the Yemen-based al-Qaida branch were killed in a U.S. drone attack in the central ...
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The US Army is accelerating a number of emerging counter-drone ... to counter a massive uptick in enemy small-drone attacks in Iraq and ...
It is amazing how the Americans have been steadily killing chiefs of the Pakistani Taliban with their drone attacks instead of the Pakistan Army ...
Pakistani Expert Slams US drone attack Plans in Niger ... He said it was not justified on the part of the US military to carry out drone attacks as per their whims, ... The United States has provided support for the military of Niger, ...

Local media first misreported the incident as a US drone strike. ... According to an AFRICOM statement, the drone attack killed "several ...
Local media first misreported the incident as a US drone strike. ... According to an AFRICOM statement, the drone attack killed "several ...
Fifteen Daesh fighters were killed in three US drone attacks near the ... Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif had called on the United States to ...
... much "collateral damage" as the United States attempts to stop those who would ... on drones, especially against U.S. citizens abroad, such as the American-born ... certainty" that no civilian bystanders would be killed in a drone attack. ... civilian oversight of the military from decisions about drone attacks.
He said JuA hideouts in Afghanistan were bombed by US drones. ... Peshawar attack, who was killed in a drone attack in July last year, he added. ... intensified bombardment and drone attacks on militant targets close to the ...
An Islamic State drone filmed itself dropping a bomb which set off a chain of huge explosions at an ammunition dump inside a stadium in Syria.
After a brief lull, US drone attacks have again resumed in the tribal areas ... Four people were killed in a US drone attack in the Kurram Agency ...
'TTP militants' among six killed in US drone strike in Paktia ... Parachinar: Another drone attack on an alleged hideout of militants in the ... between the United States and Pakistan in the wake of rescue of a US-Canadian ... told a private news channel on Tuesday that the recent US drone attacks targeted ...
US drone attacks did not happened inside Pakistan's territory: Khawaja Asif ... He wondered why the United States had not taken action earlier ...
On Tuesday, the US conducted a drone attack in the Khanachi area of ... that the United States should not conduct any drone attacks either in ...
Pakistan rejects alleged U.S. drone attack within its territory ... have rejected that recent drone attacks allegedly conducted by the United States ...
At least five killed in drone attack near Pak-Afghan border in Kurram: sources ... Prior to this, a suspected US drone strike on September 15 killed three and ...
It was the second drone attack launched by the United States since U.S. President Donald Trump unveiled his policies toward Afghanistan and ...
Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States are set to resume ... when a U.S. drone attack killed the Taliban Chief, Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, while ... For their part, Afghan and U.S. officials complained Islamabad was not ...
NEWPORT, RI--A drone is knocked out of the sky by a new drone capture system, Sky Wall, during a live demonstration event held at U.S. ...
London: Sally Jones, a British jihadi who recruited online for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), has been killed in Syria by a US drone ...
Five suspected al-Qaeda militants were reportedly killed in a U.S. drone attack in eastern Yemen on Sunday, according to a local official.
The United States-led coalition has been engaged in fighting terrorism in ... He stressed that the US military has been responsible for numerous ...
An American drone attack carried out in Libya Tuesday killed several fighters ... U.S. forces in Africa this week staged what would have been an ...
The possibility of terrorists using drones to drop explosives or even unleash biological attacks on U.S. soil is a growing threat, Nicholas ...
US President Donald Trump is seeking to loosen some Obama-era limits on drone attacks and ground raids outside conventional warzones, ...
NEW YORK: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, in a talk at a US think tank on Wednesday, said Pakistan cannot condone US drone attacks ...
Lahore :US drone attacks can hit other Pakistani areas in future after Trump's warning, said Senator SM Zafar here on Sunday. Addressing ...
The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is seeking authority from the White House to carry out covert drone attacks in Afghanistan and other war zones, ... where the United States says its is fighting the Daesh terror group, ...
A US drone attack on Friday killed at least three militants, including their commander, in Pakistan's unruly tribal region near the Afghan border, ...
A drone attack was set and filmed in Edinburgh for a United Nations ... And unfortunately our standard responses to something that worries us, ...
The United States has escalated its drone offensive against Islamist militants inside Pakistan after the release of an American-Canadian family ...
He went on to say that "the recent drone attack is a matter of grave concern for us," adding "we have pursued the same stance on these attacks ...
The leader of a Pakistani Islamist militant group has been killed by a suspected US drone attack in Afghanistan, its spokesman says.
HANGU: A day after Jamaatul Ahrar chief Omar Khalid Khorasani was confirmed dead, at least 12 suspected militants were killed and seven ...
... Sally Jones, the White Widow from Chatham, 'killed' in US drone attack ... wanted ISIS terrorists has been killed following a US drone strike.
An American drone attack carried out in Libya Tuesday killed several fighters ... U.S. forces in Africa this week staged what would have been an ...


 

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