August drone strike update
Pakistan: August sees the highest number of CIA strikes in Pakistan since October 2011. A number of senior militants are killed along with at least two named civilians.
Yemen: At least 26 people are killed in five confirmed US drone strikes in Yemen. This is still less than the May peak. Civilian casualties are confirmed for the first time since May.
Somalia: For the fourth month no US military actions are reported in Somalia. In related news, three Ugandan helicopters crash-land prior to an anticipated assault on militant-held Kismayo.
Total CIA strikes in August: 7
Total killed in strikes in August: 29-65, of whom at least 2were reportedly civilians
All actions 2004 – August 31 2012
The CIA launched seven drone strikes in August, the highest recorded in any month since October 2011. The rate of strikes has continued to rise through the year.
Additionally, the number of actual civilians killed is much higher as Obama has recently redefined ”militant” (with militants not qualifying as citizens) as ANY male over the age of 18 who is killed by a drone strike. Simply by being in the zone that is bombed and being male and being over the age of 18, these young men are automatically deemed militants, and thus are not counted among civilian deaths. This is one of many reasons why I would NEVER vote for Obama again.