Covert Drone War

Covert Drone War

Tracking US drone strikes and other covert actions in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia. Find details of the latest strikes with the full data here. The Bureau does not track Coalition strikes in Iraq and Syria - this work is done by Airwars.

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Obama’s covert drone war in numbers: ten times more strikes than Bush

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.

by Jessica Purkiss and Jack Serle

Comment: Official estimates show civilians more likely to be killed by CIA drones than by US Air Force actions. The reality is likely far worse

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

by Chris Woods