United States drone strikes in Pakistan

The United States military have been using drones in military strikes against targets since 2004, which claims, are military targets.

These drones, which are controlled by the United States Information Agency (CIA), have turned into controversial cases between the Pakistani government and the United States.

US Military UAVs have always been flying without Islamabad’s permission and arbitrarily attack targets with their deadly missiles. These attacks are more frequent in the tribal areas of Pakistan known as the Pashtunistan region. The Pakistani government has always been opposed to operations carried out in Pakistan and knows it as Washington violating the national sovereignty. On the other hand, Washington called military operations with UAVs successful against organized terrorism and rejected stopping them.

The United States claims that it carried out more than 350 drone strikes since 2004 that killed more than 3,300 people. It means about 9 people were killed in each drone operation. About 472 to 885 civilians were killed by the drones. It means that about 14 to 27 percent of the deaths of the UAV are civilians, including women and children.

Nevertheless, American magazine the Atlantic announced in March 2016, according to the documents, nearly 90 percent of the people killed in airstrikes were not the intended target, between January 2012 and February 2013. In January 2017, the Huffington Post also reported in an article written by Marina Fang, an Associate Politics Editor at HuffPost in Washington, nearly 90 percent of the people killed in US drone strikes were civilians in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

It should be noted that in addition to civilian deaths during the attacks, more than 1,300 civilians are also suffering from severe injuries which mostly led to organ failure. It reveals the depth of the disaster by US drone strikes.


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