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No Such Thing as Narrowly Targeted or Pinpoint Drone Attacks

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No Such Thing as Narrowly Targeted or Pinpoint Drone Attacks
Michael S. Rozeff

The effectiveness of U.S. drone attacks in killing their targets vs. missing their targets and killing innocent human beings is analyzed in fine detail in this report. It looks at multiple attempts to kill a given person. For example, there were 3 U.S. drone attacks on the now-dead Mullah Nazir. These killed 24 innocent civilians. There were 3 U.S. drone attacks on the now-dead Mullah Sangeen Zadran; these killed 108 innocent civilians. Five attacks on the still-living Sirrajudin Haqqani have killed 82 civilians.

In multiple attempts to kill 41 men, the number of people killed in “collateral damage” is 1,147. That is, 28 innocent people have died for every attempt by the CIA or other U.S. forces to kill a target by drone.


Contrast the statements made by U.S. officials. Obama (2012) said

“Drones have not caused a huge number of civilian casualties. For the most part, they have been very precise, precision strikes against al Qaeda and their affiliates.”

“There’s this perception that we’re just sending a whole bunch of strikes willy-nilly. This is a targeted, focused effort at people who are on a list of active terrorists who are trying to go in and harm Americans. … It is important for everybody to understand that this thing is kept on a very tight leash.”

Obama is dead wrong. The truth about drones is the opposite.

Drone attacks are not precise, not accurate, and not narrowly targeted against isolated elements of al Qaeda. The targets are often not present during an attack. Whether the targets are or are not present when the bombs are dropped, there are many innocent persons in the vicinity who are slaughtered.

In the Damadola airstrike aimed at kingpin Ayman al-Zawahiri, at least 18 innocent people were killed but not him. There have been 2 attempts on his life by drones, and they have killed 105 people, but not him.

In drone attacks, the U.S. has not found an easy way to wipe out targeted single individuals while avoiding the killing of innocent human beings. Far from it.

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