Stories related to drone strikes in Pakistan.
Working with a journalist who visited the targeted village of al Yakla five days after the raid and talked to nine of the survivors, we have collected the names and ages of all 25 civilians killed as reported by those who live there. Nine children under the age of 13 were among the victims.
The conflict as a whole killed and injured more than 11,000 civilians in total last year, of which 3,512 were children.
The Obama administration says it killed one civilian and 431-441 combatants in counterterrorism strikes last year – contrasting slightly with the Bureau’s estimate of four to six civilians and 358-501 combatants.
Obama placed limitations on the drone war aimed at reducing the number of civilian casualties. But will those rules survive Donald Trump?
Obama embraced the US drone programme, overseeing more strikes in his first year than Bush carried out during his entire presidency. The use of drones aligned with Obama’s ambition to keep up the war against al Qaeda while extricating the US military from intractable ground wars, but the targeted killing programme has drawn much criticism.
Dataset: The US aerial campaign continues in Yemen in its fifteenth year.
Dataset: the US air war in Afghanistan continues under its third commander in chief.
Experts say rising civilian casualties are the result of an anomalous situation where the US is pursuing a conventional aerial campaign against the Taliban with virtually no troops on the ground to provide reliable intelligence to guide it.
The Ministry of Defence announced plans to buy a new fleet of Predator drones from the US last April, stating the total cost would be £415m. Now the US says the estimated cost is £802m.
Senior al Qaeda leader Faruq al Qatani was killed in a “precision strike” on October 23 in Afghanistan’s Kunar province, the Pentagon has confirmed. A second strike that day is believed to have killed Bilal al Utabi, another senior al … Continued
The deaths amount to the biggest confirmed loss of civilian life in a single American strike in Afghanistan since the attack on the Medecins Sans Frontieres hospital in Kunduz last October.
In an unprecedented moment of transparency during a 14 year covert war, US officials have met the family of an accidental drone strike victim to explain what happened and apologise.
Somali officials have claimed that the US killed 22 local soldiers and civilians in a drone strike that hit the north-central city of Galkayo late last month.
Parents of aid worker killed in January 2015 receive “donation” from US government.
Figures released to the Bureau provide firm evidence the US has intensified its fight against the Taliban despite officially ending combat operations against the group in 2014.
CIA drone strikes from 2004 to then the end of 2015 in Pakistan is mapped on a new infographic.
Armed drones became the symbol of US counter-terrorism policy under Obama (Picture: USAF) Targeted killings or assassinations beyond the battlefield remain a highly charged subject. Most controversial of all is the number of civilians killed in US covert and clandestine … Continued
Funeral of Akram Shah and at least four other civilians in June 2011 (THIS KHAN/AFP/Getty Images) The US government today claimed it has killed between 64 and 116 “non-combatants” in 473 counter-terrorism strikes in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and Libya between … Continued
Most US airstrikes in Afghanistan this year in support of ground troops not targeting suspected terrorists.
US jets kill at least 40 AQAP fighters in eastern Yemen.