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Drone strikes

More than 400 drone strikes have hit the tribal regions of north west Pakistan since 2004. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has been recording these strikes using credible media reports, field investigations, legal documents and academic and NGO research.

Here is a list of all known drone strikes in Pakistan. The data can be searched by year and by month. Each entry records the area the strike hit and the date. To find out who died in each attack click on the relevant strike. This will take you to a full page recording everything understood about the people that were killed. In many strikes there is nothing reported about anybody killed. Over time we aim to build on the little information known about those dying. For more information please see our methodology.

Drone strikes in Pakistan

  • South Waziristan

    The CIA continued its New Year offensive with the third strike in five days – possibly the bloodiest attack in 88 days (see Ob297).... More

  • North Waziristan

    Drones hit a missile killing three to six people, a Pakistan Taliban commander and two Uzbeks reportedly among them.... More

  • South Waziristan

    CIA drones killed powerful Taliban commander Maulvi Nazir in one of the most significant recent strikes.... More

  • North Waziristan

    Up to five people were killed in a strike on a house in the forested Shawal valley region.... More

  • North Waziristan

    The CIA killed at least three alleged militants in a drone strike that destroyed a house.... More

About the project

CIA drone strikes have killed over 2,500 people in Pakistan; many are described as militants, but some are civilians. This is a record of those who have died in these attacks.

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Covert drone war

A project by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism tracking drone strikes and other covert US actions in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.

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The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

The Bureau is a not-for-profit research organisation based in London. It pursues in-depth journalism that is of public benefit.

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