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The People’s Record Memorial Day Dedication (photo source)
This Memorial Day, reflect on the innocent civilian victims of the United States in Afghanistan. Those victims total more than 12,800 killed in the past six years and millions more in Afghanistan whose lives have been ravaged and destroyed by the United States imperialist war machine. The United States continues to inflict terror and human rights violations on the people of Afghanistan. 
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From our 2012 Memorial Day posts.

The People’s Record Memorial Day Dedication (photo source)


This Memorial Day, reflect on the innocent civilian victims of the United States in Afghanistan. Those victims total more than 12,800 killed in the past six years and millions more in Afghanistan whose lives have been ravaged and destroyed by the United States imperialist war machine. The United States continues to inflict terror and human rights violations on the people of Afghanistan.


Click here for a complete list of The People’s Record’s Memorial Day dedications.

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From our 2012 Memorial Day posts.

Reporter asks White House if US airstrikes that kill Afghan civilians qualify as ‘terrorism’

Amina Ismail, a journalist at McClatchy: I send my deepest condolence to the victims and families in Boston. But President Obama said that what happened in Boston was an act of terrorism. I would like to ask, Do you consider the U.S. bombing on civilians in Afghanistan earlier this month that left 11 children and a woman killed a form of terrorism? Why or why not?

Jay Carney, White House press secretary: Well, I would have to know more about the incident and then obviously the Department of Defense would have answers to your questions on this matter. We have more than 60,000 U.S. troops involved in a war in Afghanistan, a war that began when the United States was attacked, in an attack that was organized on the soil of Afghanistan by al Qaeda, by Osama bin laden and others and more than 3,000 people were killed in that attack. And it has been the President’s objective once he took office to make clear what our goals are in Afghanistan and that is to disrupt, dismantle and ultimately defeat al Qaeda. And with that as our objective to provide enough assistance to Afghan National Security Forces and the Afghan government to allow them to take over security for themselves. And that process is underway and the United States has withdrawn a substantial number of troops and we are in the process of drowning down further as we hand over security lead to Afghan forces. And it is certainly the case that I refer you to the defense department for details that we take great care in the prosecution of this war and we are very mindful of what our objectives are.

…in an attempt to completely dodge the original question. Just throw in the words “al Qaeda” & “terrorism” here & there, & you’ve got a White House response. 

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“This was a heinous and cowardly act, and given what we now know about what took place, the FBI is investigating it as an act of terrorism. Anytime bombs are used to target innocent civilians, it is an act of terror.” - President Obama

Yemenis hold anti-US protest in Sa’adaFebruary 8, 2013
Yemenis have staged an anti-US demonstration in the northern city of Sa’ada to protest against the interference by Washington and its allies in their country’s domestic affairs.
Chanting “Death to America” and “Death to Israel,” scores of Yemenis took to the streets of Sa’ada on Friday to demand an end to US meddling in Yemen and call for national unity. The protesters further called for the withdrawal of American Marines. They also urged for an end to the US assassination drone attacks, which they blame for the deaths of many civilians.
The protesters accused Washington of preventing the fulfillment of the demands of a popular uprising that took place two years ago, saying that the US is imposing its policies on the country by backing a deal that equally shares power between the opposition and figures loyal to former dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh. The deal also keeps allies of the deposed ruler in key military posts, the protesters said. Saleh, who ruled Yemen for 33 years, stepped down in February 2012 after nearly a year of mass street protests against his rule under a US-backed power transfer deal in return for immunity. But Yemenis say that so far there has been no improvement in the country and their demands have not been met because Saleh loyalists and his family members are in control of power positions in the government, as well as military and security apparatus. Yemenis have vowed to continue protests until there is a complete regime change in Yemen. 
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All actions 2002 – January 31 2013 in Yemen:

Total confirmed US operations: 54-64Total confirmed US drone strikes: 42-52Possible additional US operations: 135-157Of which possible additional US drone strikes: 77-93Total reported killed: 374-1,112Total civilians killed: 72-178Children killed:  27-37

Yemenis hold anti-US protest in Sa’ada
February 8, 2013

Yemenis have staged an anti-US demonstration in the northern city of Sa’ada to protest against the interference by Washington and its allies in their country’s domestic affairs.

Chanting “Death to America” and “Death to Israel,” scores of Yemenis took to the streets of Sa’ada on Friday to demand an end to US meddling in Yemen and call for national unity. 

The protesters further called for the withdrawal of American Marines. They also urged for an end to the US assassination drone attacks, which they blame for the deaths of many civilians.

The protesters accused Washington of preventing the fulfillment of the demands of a popular uprising that took place two years ago, saying that the US is imposing its policies on the country by backing a deal that equally shares power between the opposition and figures loyal to former dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh. The deal also keeps allies of the deposed ruler in key military posts, the protesters said. 

Saleh, who ruled Yemen for 33 years, stepped down in February 2012 after nearly a year of mass street protests against his rule under a US-backed power transfer deal in return for immunity. 

But Yemenis say that so far there has been no improvement in the country and their demands have not been met because Saleh loyalists and his family members are in control of power positions in the government, as well as military and security apparatus. 

Yemenis have vowed to continue protests until there is a complete regime change in Yemen. 

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All actions 2002 – January 31 2013 in Yemen:

Total confirmed US operations: 54-64
Total confirmed US drone strikes: 42-52
Possible additional US operations: 135-157
Of which possible additional US drone strikes: 77-93
Total reported killed: 374-1,112
Total civilians killed: 72-178
Children killed:  27-37

Nine killed in US assassination drone attacks in Yemen

January 23, 2013

At least nine people have been killed in two separate US assassination drone attacks in Yemen.

The first drone strike killed seven people travelling in a vehicle near the town of Khawlan, about 35 kilometers (20 miles) southeast of the capital Sana’a, on Wednesday. 

On the same day, two other people died in another attack on a house in the town of Radda in al-Bayda province. 

Three people were also reportedly injured in the second strike. 

The United States has launched numerous drone attacks in Yemen that have killed many innocent civilians over the past few years. 

Washington claims that its airstrikes target militants, but local sources say civilians have been the main victims of the non-UN-sanctioned airstrikes.

The United States has come under fire for increasing its drone attacks in the Arab country. Yemenis have held many demonstrations to condemn the United States’ violations of their national sovereignty. 

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A US drone strike killed between 14-35 people in Afghanistan on Monday, the day of President Obama’s inauguration. 

Here is a list of children’s names & ages who have been killed by US drone strikes in Pakistan & Yemen.

Children killed by US drone strikes in Pakistan & Yemen
PAKISTANName | Age | GenderNoor Aziz | 8 | maleAbdul Wasit | 17 | maleNoor Syed | 8 | maleWajid Noor | 9 | maleSyed Wali Shah | 7 | maleAyeesha | 3 | femaleQari Alamzeb | 14| maleShoaib | 8 | maleHayatullah KhaMohammad | 16 | maleTariq Aziz | 16 | maleSanaullah Jan | 17 | maleMaezol Khan | 8 | femaleNasir Khan | maleNaeem Khan | maleNaeemullah | maleMohammad Tahir | 16 | maleAzizul Wahab | 15 | maleFazal Wahab | 16 | maleZiauddin | 16 | maleMohammad Yunus | 16 | maleFazal Hakim | 19 | maleIlyas | 13 | maleSohail | 7 | maleAsadullah | 9 | malekhalilullah | 9 | maleNoor Mohammad | 8 | maleKhalid | 12 | maleSaifullah | 9 | maleMashooq Jan | 15 | maleNawab | 17 | maleSultanat Khan | 16 | maleZiaur Rahman | 13 | maleNoor Mohammad | 15 | maleMohammad Yaas Khan | 16 | maleQari Alamzeb | 14 | maleZiaur Rahman | 17 | maleAbdullah | 18 | maleIkramullah Zada | 17 | maleInayatur Rehman | 16 | maleShahbuddin | 15 | maleYahya Khan | 16 |maleRahatullah |17 | maleMohammad Salim | 11 | maleShahjehan | 15 | maleGul Sher Khan | 15 | maleBakht Muneer | 14 | maleNumair | 14 | maleMashooq Khan | 16 | maleIhsanullah | 16 | maleLuqman | 12 | maleJannatullah | 13 | maleIsmail | 12 | maleTaseel Khan | 18 | maleZaheeruddin | 16 | maleQari Ishaq | 19 | maleJamshed Khan | 14 | maleAlam Nabi | 11 | maleQari Abdul Karim | 19 | maleRahmatullah | 14 | maleAbdus Samad | 17 | maleSiraj | 16 | maleSaeedullah | 17 | maleAbdul Waris | 16 | maleDarvesh | 13 | maleAmeer Said | 15 | maleShaukat | 14 | maleInayatur Rahman | 17 | maleSalman | 12 | maleFazal Wahab | 18 | maleBaacha Rahman | 13 | maleWali-ur-Rahman | 17 | maleIftikhar | 17 | maleInayatullah | 15 | maleMashooq Khan | 16 | maleIhsanullah | 16 | maleLuqman | 12 | maleJannatullah | 13 | maleIsmail | 12 | maleAbdul Waris | 16 | maleDarvesh | 13 | maleAmeer Said | 15 | maleShaukat | 14 | maleInayatur Rahman | 17 | maleAdnan | 16 | maleNajibullah | 13 | maleNaeemullah | 17 | maleHizbullah | 10 | maleKitab Gul | 12 | maleWilayat Khan | 11 | maleZabihullah | 16 | maleShehzad Gul | 11 | maleShabir | 15 | maleQari Sharifullah | 17 | maleShafiullah | 16 | maleNimatullah | 14 | maleShakirullah | 16 | maleTalha | 8 | male
YEMENAfrah Ali Mohammed Nasser | 9 | femaleZayda Ali Mohammed Nasser | 7 | femaleHoda Ali Mohammed Nasser | 5 | femaleSheikha Ali Mohammed Nasser | 4 | femaleIbrahim Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye | 13 | maleAsmaa Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye | 9 | maleSalma Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye | 4 | femaleFatima Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye | 3 | femaleKhadije Ali Mokbel Louqye | 1 | femaleHanaa Ali Mokbel Louqye | 6 | femaleMohammed Ali Mokbel Salem Louqye | 4 | maleJawass Mokbel Salem Louqye | 15 | femaleMaryam Hussein Abdullah Awad | 2 | femaleShafiq Hussein Abdullah Awad | 1 | femaleSheikha Nasser Mahdi Ahmad Bouh | 3 | femaleMaha Mohammed Saleh Mohammed | 12 | maleSoumaya Mohammed Saleh Mohammed | 9 | femaleShafika Mohammed Saleh Mohammed | 4 | femaleShafiq Mohammed Saleh Mohammed | 2 | maleMabrook Mouqbal Al Qadari | 13 | maleDaolah Nasser 10 years | 10 | femaleAbedalGhani Mohammed Mabkhout | 12 | maleAbdel- Rahman Anwar al Awlaki | 16 | maleAbdel-Rahman al-Awlaki | 17 | maleNasser Salim | 19
Obviously, these figures don’t include children killed in Somalia & Afghanistan.
If ever these strikes are reported in the MSM, many of these children are listed as “militants,” a word redefined by President Obama to mean any male of military age in a strike zone, so as to disguise the number of children killed by his drone policy. Under this abuse of presidential power with lack of judicial oversight, Obama has escalated George W. Bush’s drone program more than five times over. 
Not only are children & civilians caught in strike zones, but drones are killing rescuers & family members with the “double tap” method, a second strike in the same zone. The “double tap” is considered to be a war crime under international law. 

Children killed by US drone strikes in Pakistan & Yemen

PAKISTAN
Name | Age | Gender
Noor Aziz | 8 | male
Abdul Wasit | 17 | male
Noor Syed | 8 | male
Wajid Noor | 9 | male
Syed Wali Shah | 7 | male
Ayeesha | 3 | female
Qari Alamzeb | 14| male
Shoaib | 8 | male
Hayatullah KhaMohammad | 16 | male
Tariq Aziz | 16 | male
Sanaullah Jan | 17 | male
Maezol Khan | 8 | female
Nasir Khan | male
Naeem Khan | male
Naeemullah | male
Mohammad Tahir | 16 | male
Azizul Wahab | 15 | male
Fazal Wahab | 16 | male
Ziauddin | 16 | male
Mohammad Yunus | 16 | male
Fazal Hakim | 19 | male
Ilyas | 13 | male
Sohail | 7 | male
Asadullah | 9 | male
khalilullah | 9 | male
Noor Mohammad | 8 | male
Khalid | 12 | male
Saifullah | 9 | male
Mashooq Jan | 15 | male
Nawab | 17 | male
Sultanat Khan | 16 | male
Ziaur Rahman | 13 | male
Noor Mohammad | 15 | male
Mohammad Yaas Khan | 16 | male
Qari Alamzeb | 14 | male
Ziaur Rahman | 17 | male
Abdullah | 18 | male
Ikramullah Zada | 17 | male
Inayatur Rehman | 16 | male
Shahbuddin | 15 | male
Yahya Khan | 16 |male
Rahatullah |17 | male
Mohammad Salim | 11 | male
Shahjehan | 15 | male
Gul Sher Khan | 15 | male
Bakht Muneer | 14 | male
Numair | 14 | male
Mashooq Khan | 16 | male
Ihsanullah | 16 | male
Luqman | 12 | male
Jannatullah | 13 | male
Ismail | 12 | male
Taseel Khan | 18 | male
Zaheeruddin | 16 | male
Qari Ishaq | 19 | male
Jamshed Khan | 14 | male
Alam Nabi | 11 | male
Qari Abdul Karim | 19 | male
Rahmatullah | 14 | male
Abdus Samad | 17 | male
Siraj | 16 | male
Saeedullah | 17 | male
Abdul Waris | 16 | male
Darvesh | 13 | male
Ameer Said | 15 | male
Shaukat | 14 | male
Inayatur Rahman | 17 | male
Salman | 12 | male
Fazal Wahab | 18 | male
Baacha Rahman | 13 | male
Wali-ur-Rahman | 17 | male
Iftikhar | 17 | male
Inayatullah | 15 | male
Mashooq Khan | 16 | male
Ihsanullah | 16 | male
Luqman | 12 | male
Jannatullah | 13 | male
Ismail | 12 | male
Abdul Waris | 16 | male
Darvesh | 13 | male
Ameer Said | 15 | male
Shaukat | 14 | male
Inayatur Rahman | 17 | male
Adnan | 16 | male
Najibullah | 13 | male
Naeemullah | 17 | male
Hizbullah | 10 | male
Kitab Gul | 12 | male
Wilayat Khan | 11 | male
Zabihullah | 16 | male
Shehzad Gul | 11 | male
Shabir | 15 | male
Qari Sharifullah | 17 | male
Shafiullah | 16 | male
Nimatullah | 14 | male
Shakirullah | 16 | male
Talha | 8 | male

YEMEN
Afrah Ali Mohammed Nasser | 9 | female
Zayda Ali Mohammed Nasser | 7 | female
Hoda Ali Mohammed Nasser | 5 | female
Sheikha Ali Mohammed Nasser | 4 | female
Ibrahim Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye | 13 | male
Asmaa Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye | 9 | male
Salma Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye | 4 | female
Fatima Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye | 3 | female
Khadije Ali Mokbel Louqye | 1 | female
Hanaa Ali Mokbel Louqye | 6 | female
Mohammed Ali Mokbel Salem Louqye | 4 | male
Jawass Mokbel Salem Louqye | 15 | female
Maryam Hussein Abdullah Awad | 2 | female
Shafiq Hussein Abdullah Awad | 1 | female
Sheikha Nasser Mahdi Ahmad Bouh | 3 | female
Maha Mohammed Saleh Mohammed | 12 | male
Soumaya Mohammed Saleh Mohammed | 9 | female
Shafika Mohammed Saleh Mohammed | 4 | female
Shafiq Mohammed Saleh Mohammed | 2 | male
Mabrook Mouqbal Al Qadari | 13 | male
Daolah Nasser 10 years | 10 | female
AbedalGhani Mohammed Mabkhout | 12 | male
Abdel- Rahman Anwar al Awlaki | 16 | male
Abdel-Rahman al-Awlaki | 17 | male
Nasser Salim | 19

Obviously, these figures don’t include children killed in Somalia & Afghanistan.

If ever these strikes are reported in the MSM, many of these children are listed as “militants,” a word redefined by President Obama to mean any male of military age in a strike zone, so as to disguise the number of children killed by his drone policy. Under this abuse of presidential power with lack of judicial oversight, Obama has escalated George W. Bush’s drone program more than five times over. 

Not only are children & civilians caught in strike zones, but drones are killing rescuers & family members with the “double tap” method, a second strike in the same zone. The “double tap” is considered to be a war crime under international law. 

US drone strike kills seven in Waziristan

January 2, 2013

Seven people were killed and several others injured in multiple US drone strikes carried out in the South and North Waziristan tribal regions on Thursday, DawnNews reported.

In the attack in South Waziristan, an unmanned drone fired two missiles at a house killing four people, locals who recovered the bodies said.

The drone continued to buzz in the skies after the attack, causing fear and panic among the area residents.

Separately, three people were killed and several others injured in a drone attack in the Mubarak Shahi village in North Waziristan tribal region’s Mir Ali Tehsil.

The US drone targeted a vehicle with two missiles, and then fired another two missiles when rescuers gathered at the site to carry the bodies and the injured.

The death toll from the drone strike in North Waziristan was expected to rise, security sources told Dawn.com.

There were reports of a key Taliban commander being targeted in the strike, sources said.

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As if drone strikes on villages killing innocent people weren’t disgusting enough, the “double-tap” method of striking a second time to target rescuers is even more repulsive. 

The Obama administration has also begun to escalate drone strikes in Yemen, with four strikes last week alone, rising from 18 strikes in 2011 to 53 in 2012... as those in Pakistan, Somalia & beyond continue to take lives.

It’s also important to note how the media covers drone strikes, often citing those killed as “militants,” a definition Obama changed to mean any male of military age in a strike zone.

Update: At least 13 were killed. The death toll is still expected to rise.

US drone tweets reveal ‘double tap’ tactic to target first respondersDecember 13, 2012
NYU student Josh Begley is tweeting every reported U.S. drone strike since 2002, and the feed highlights a disturbing tactic employed by the U.S. that is widely considered a war crime.
Known as the “double tap,” the tactic involves bombing a target multiple times in relatively quick succession, meaning that the second strike often hits first responders. 
A 2007 report by the Homeland Security Institute called double taps a “favorite tactic of Hamas” and the FBI considers it a tactic employed by terrorists.
UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings Christof Heyns said that if there are “secondary drone strikes on rescuers who are helping (the injured) after an initial drone attack, those further attacks are a war crime.”
The U.S. refuses to discuss the merits of its overtly covert drone program, but the reports featured on @dronestream clearly document that U.S. hellfire missiles have intentionally targeted funerals and civilian rescuers.
And that’s only a 10-month window in Pakistan. It has happened in Afghanistan as well, and the first instance of “explicit intelligence posthumously proving” that an innocent civilian had been killed happened in Yemen.
In September the NYU and Stanford law schools released a report detailing how double taps by U.S. drones affect the Pakistani population, and noted that ”high-level” militants killed only accounted for 2 percent of U.S. drone strike casualties.
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US drone tweets reveal ‘double tap’ tactic to target first responders
December 13, 2012

NYU student Josh Begley is tweeting every reported U.S. drone strike since 2002, and the feed highlights a disturbing tactic employed by the U.S. that is widely considered a war crime.

Known as the “double tap,” the tactic involves bombing a target multiple times in relatively quick succession, meaning that the second strike often hits first responders. 

2007 report by the Homeland Security Institute called double taps a “favorite tactic of Hamas” and the FBI considers it a tactic employed by terrorists.

UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings Christof Heyns said that if there are “secondary drone strikes on rescuers who are helping (the injured) after an initial drone attack, those further attacks are a war crime.”

The U.S. refuses to discuss the merits of its overtly covert drone program, but the reports featured on @dronestream clearly document that U.S. hellfire missiles have intentionally targeted funerals and civilian rescuers.

And that’s only a 10-month window in Pakistan. It has happened in Afghanistan as well, and the first instance of “explicit intelligence posthumously proving” that an innocent civilian had been killed happened in Yemen.

In September the NYU and Stanford law schools released a report detailing how double taps by U.S. drones affect the Pakistani population, and noted that ”high-level” militants killed only accounted for 2 percent of U.S. drone strike casualties.

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You can now view US drone strike locations on Instagram
"A new project, @Dronestagram, is doing the searching for you, marrying the images of Google Maps satellite view to the episodic, image-sharing capacities of Tumblr and Instagram. When drone strikes are reported by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (which focuses on Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia but not Afghanistan), writer James Bridle tracks down the locations on Google Maps and then Instagrams the picture. He annotates each drone’s-eye-view with a caption about the strike, noting any known casualties.”
President Obama’s escalated drone wars in various countries have been condemned by various international communities & leaders as illegal & as war crimes. He has also changed the definition of ‘militant’ to mean any male of fighting age in a war zone to decrease the number of civilian casualties that are reported.
Just today, on November 12, a US drone strike killed three civilians in eastern Afghanistan. 
The US has launched about 330 drone strikes in Pakistan this year alone. 

You can now view US drone strike locations on Instagram

"A new project, @Dronestagram, is doing the searching for you, marrying the images of Google Maps satellite view to the episodic, image-sharing capacities of Tumblr and Instagram. When drone strikes are reported by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (which focuses on Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia but not Afghanistan), writer James Bridle tracks down the locations on Google Maps and then Instagrams the picture. He annotates each drone’s-eye-view with a caption about the strike, noting any known casualties.”

President Obama’s escalated drone wars in various countries have been condemned by various international communities & leaders as illegal & as war crimes. He has also changed the definition of ‘militant’ to mean any male of fighting age in a war zone to decrease the number of civilian casualties that are reported.

Just today, on November 12, a US drone strike killed three civilians in eastern Afghanistan. 

The US has launched about 330 drone strikes in Pakistan this year alone. 

Obama victory infuriates Pakistan drone victimsNovember 9, 2012
The roars celebrating the re-election of U.S. President Barack Obama on television give Mohammad Rehman Khan a searing headache, as years of grief and anger come rushing back.
The 28-year-old Pakistani accuses the president of robbing him of his father, three brothers and a nephew, all killed in a U.S. drone aircraft attack a month after Obama first took office.
"The same person who attacked my home has gotten re-elected," he told Reuters in the capital, Islamabad, where he fled after the attack on his village in South Waziristan, one of several ethnic Pashtun tribal areas on the Afghan border.
"Since yesterday, the pressure on my brain has increased. I remember all of the pain again."
In his re-election campaign, Obama gave no indication he would halt or alter the drone program, which he embraced in his first term to kill al Qaeda and Taliban militants in Pakistan and Afghanistan without risking American lives.
Drone strikes are highly unpopular among many Pakistanis, who consider them a violation of sovereignty that cause unacceptable civilian casualties.
"Whenever he has a chance, Obama will bite Muslims like a snake. Look at how many people he has killed with drone attacks," said Haji Abdul Jabar, whose 23-year-old son was killed in such a bombing.
Analysts say anger over the unmanned aircraft may have helped the Taliban gain recruits, complicating efforts to stabilize the unruly border region between Pakistan and Afghanistan. That could also hinder Obama’s plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan in 2014.
Obama authorized nearly 300 drone strikes in Pakistan during his first four years in office, more than six times the number during the administration of George W. Bush, according to the New America Foundation policy institute.
Since 2004, a total of 337 U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan have killed between 1,908 and 3,225 people.
The institute estimates about 15 percent of those killed were non-militants, although that percentage has declined sharply to about 1-2 percent this year. Washington says drone strikes are very accurate and cause minimal civilian deaths.
The Pakistani government says tens of thousands of Pakistanis have been killed in the fight against militants. Many were civilians caught in suicide bombings. Others were killed by the Pakistani army.
"NO DIFFERENCE"
Getting accurate data on casualties and the effects of drones is extremely difficult in the dangerous, remote and often inaccessible tribal areas. The Taliban often seal off the sites of strikes.
While the aerial campaign has weakened al Qaeda, its ally, the Pakistani Taliban, remains a potent force despite a series of Pakistan army offensives against their strongholds in the northwest.
Seen as the biggest security threat to the U.S.-backed Pakistani government, that faction of the Taliban is blamed for many of the suicide bombings across Pakistan, and a number of high profile attacks on military and police facilities.
"We are amazed that Obama has been re-elected. But for us there is no difference between Obama and Romney; both are enemies. And we will keep up our jihad and fight alongside our Afghan brothers to get the Americans out of Afghanistan," said Pakistan Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan.
On Thursday, a suicide bomber rammed the gates of a military base in Pakistan’s biggest city, Karachi, killing at least one soldier and wounding more than a dozen people.
Pakistanis were largely indifferent in the run-up to Tuesday’s election, expecting little change to the drone attacks regardless of whether Obama or Republican challenger Mitt Romney won.
"Any American, whether Obama or Mitt Romney, is cruel,” Warshameen Jaan Haji, whose neighborhood was struck by a drone last week, told Reuters on the eve of the election. “I lost my wife in the drone attack and my children are injured. Whatever happens, it will be bad for Muslims.”
Pakistani politician Imran Khan, a vocal critic of U.S. drone strikes, said he believed Obama stepped up the attacks in his first term so he wouldn’t look weak on national security.
"I think Obama essentially has an anti-war instinct," he told Reuters. "Without the worry of being re-elected, he will de-escalate the war, including the use of drones. This is positive."
But for Mohammad Khan, who is not related to the former cricketer, the damage is already done.
The February 2009 drone attack that destroyed his home left him as the main provider for 13 family members, forcing him to move to Islamabad and work with a real estate company.
"When the Sandy hurricane came, I thought that Allah would wipe away America," he said. "America just wants to take over the world."
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Stop the illegal drone wars now! Thousands are dying at the hands of the US government every day. 

Obama victory infuriates Pakistan drone victims
November 9, 2012

The roars celebrating the re-election of U.S. President Barack Obama on television give Mohammad Rehman Khan a searing headache, as years of grief and anger come rushing back.

The 28-year-old Pakistani accuses the president of robbing him of his father, three brothers and a nephew, all killed in a U.S. drone aircraft attack a month after Obama first took office.

"The same person who attacked my home has gotten re-elected," he told Reuters in the capital, Islamabad, where he fled after the attack on his village in South Waziristan, one of several ethnic Pashtun tribal areas on the Afghan border.

"Since yesterday, the pressure on my brain has increased. I remember all of the pain again."

In his re-election campaign, Obama gave no indication he would halt or alter the drone program, which he embraced in his first term to kill al Qaeda and Taliban militants in Pakistan and Afghanistan without risking American lives.

Drone strikes are highly unpopular among many Pakistanis, who consider them a violation of sovereignty that cause unacceptable civilian casualties.

"Whenever he has a chance, Obama will bite Muslims like a snake. Look at how many people he has killed with drone attacks," said Haji Abdul Jabar, whose 23-year-old son was killed in such a bombing.

Analysts say anger over the unmanned aircraft may have helped the Taliban gain recruits, complicating efforts to stabilize the unruly border region between Pakistan and Afghanistan. That could also hinder Obama’s plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan in 2014.

Obama authorized nearly 300 drone strikes in Pakistan during his first four years in office, more than six times the number during the administration of George W. Bush, according to the New America Foundation policy institute.

Since 2004, a total of 337 U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan have killed between 1,908 and 3,225 people.

The institute estimates about 15 percent of those killed were non-militants, although that percentage has declined sharply to about 1-2 percent this year. Washington says drone strikes are very accurate and cause minimal civilian deaths.

The Pakistani government says tens of thousands of Pakistanis have been killed in the fight against militants. Many were civilians caught in suicide bombings. Others were killed by the Pakistani army.

"NO DIFFERENCE"

Getting accurate data on casualties and the effects of drones is extremely difficult in the dangerous, remote and often inaccessible tribal areas. The Taliban often seal off the sites of strikes.

While the aerial campaign has weakened al Qaeda, its ally, the Pakistani Taliban, remains a potent force despite a series of Pakistan army offensives against their strongholds in the northwest.

Seen as the biggest security threat to the U.S.-backed Pakistani government, that faction of the Taliban is blamed for many of the suicide bombings across Pakistan, and a number of high profile attacks on military and police facilities.

"We are amazed that Obama has been re-elected. But for us there is no difference between Obama and Romney; both are enemies. And we will keep up our jihad and fight alongside our Afghan brothers to get the Americans out of Afghanistan," said Pakistan Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan.

On Thursday, a suicide bomber rammed the gates of a military base in Pakistan’s biggest city, Karachi, killing at least one soldier and wounding more than a dozen people.

Pakistanis were largely indifferent in the run-up to Tuesday’s election, expecting little change to the drone attacks regardless of whether Obama or Republican challenger Mitt Romney won.

"Any American, whether Obama or Mitt Romney, is cruel,” Warshameen Jaan Haji, whose neighborhood was struck by a drone last week, told Reuters on the eve of the election. “I lost my wife in the drone attack and my children are injured. Whatever happens, it will be bad for Muslims.”

Pakistani politician Imran Khan, a vocal critic of U.S. drone strikes, said he believed Obama stepped up the attacks in his first term so he wouldn’t look weak on national security.

"I think Obama essentially has an anti-war instinct," he told Reuters. "Without the worry of being re-elected, he will de-escalate the war, including the use of drones. This is positive."

But for Mohammad Khan, who is not related to the former cricketer, the damage is already done.

The February 2009 drone attack that destroyed his home left him as the main provider for 13 family members, forcing him to move to Islamabad and work with a real estate company.

"When the Sandy hurricane came, I thought that Allah would wipe away America," he said. "America just wants to take over the world."

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Stop the illegal drone wars now! Thousands are dying at the hands of the US government every day. 

Three killed by US drone strike in Yemen

October 28, 2012

At least three people have been killed in US assassination drone attacks in the northern Yemeni province of Sa’ada as Washington continues its illegal air strikes using unmanned planes in the country.

According to tribal sources, the victims were killed after a US drone hit three separate targets in Wadi al-Abu Jabara, some 250 kilometers north of the Yemeni capital, on Sunday, AFP reported. 

The attack comes four days after rockets fired from a US drone killed at least seven people near the southern Yemeni city of Jaar in Abyan province. 

People of Sa’ada have released several statements denouncing the presence of unmanned US drones flying over their country in recent weeks. 

Washington uses its assassination drones in Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Somalia, claiming that they target the terrorists while the attacks mostly led to massive civilian casualties. 

The United Nations has censured the US drone attacks as targeted killings, stressing that they flout international law. 

According to a recent report by Yemen’s National Organization for Defending Rights and Freedoms, over 300 people have been killed in US drone attacks carried out in the southern regions of the country so far in 2012. 

Reports, however, say that the CIA is seeking to expand its covert drone attacks in Yemen, despite the fact that the airstrikes mostly result in civilian casualties. 

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President Obama has redefined the word “militant” to mean any male of military age in a strike zone; this has caused the number of civilian casualties to be lower than it actually is & under-reported by American media. 

Stanford & NYU report: Only 1 in 50 killed by US drones in Pakistan are militants; the rest are innocent civiliansOctober 17, 2012
A new study shows that only one in 50 people killed by US assassination drones are militants in Pakistan while the rest are innocent civilians.
The study, conducted by Stanford and New York Universities, concludes that Washington is terrorizing women and children as well as men round the clock with its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) attacks. The authors of the study think that the “double-tap” method — a drone fires a missile, then followed by a second drone — is largely to blame for the casualties. “This shows that drone strikes go much further than simply killing innocent civilians. An entire region is being terrorized by the constant threat of death from the skies,” said Clive Stafford Smith, the director of the charity Reprive that also participated in interviewing people for the report. According to the study, Pakistan’s tribal areas near the border with Afghanistan have witnessed at least 345 drone strikes during the past eight years. “These strikes are becoming much more common,” The Independent quoted Mirza Shahzad Akbar, a Pakistani lawyer who represents victims of drone strikes, as saying. “In the past it used to be a one-off, every now and then. Now almost every other attack is a double tap. There is no justification for it.” Research also shows the consequences are much more profound than simply the fatalities, as the survivors of the attacks suffer from deep psychological trauma. Despite Pakistani government’s repeated calls on Washington to end the drone attacks, the US government continues its strikes on the tribal regions of the country. The aerial attacks were initiated by former US President George W. Bush, but have escalated under President Barack Obama. The drone strikes have triggered massive anti-US demonstrations across Pakistan to condemn the United States’ violations of their national sovereignty. 
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Stanford & NYU report: Only 1 in 50 killed by US drones in Pakistan are militants; the rest are innocent civilians
October 17, 2012

A new study shows that only one in 50 people killed by US assassination drones are militants in Pakistan while the rest are innocent civilians.

The study, conducted by Stanford and New York Universities, concludes that Washington is terrorizing women and children as well as men round the clock with its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) attacks. 

The authors of the study think that the “double-tap” method — a drone fires a missile, then followed by a second drone — is largely to blame for the casualties. 

“This shows that drone strikes go much further than simply killing innocent civilians. An entire region is being terrorized by the constant threat of death from the skies,” said Clive Stafford Smith, the director of the charity Reprive that also participated in interviewing people for the report. 

According to the study, Pakistan’s tribal areas near the border with Afghanistan have witnessed at least 345 drone strikes during the past eight years. 

“These strikes are becoming much more common,” The Independent quoted Mirza Shahzad Akbar, a Pakistani lawyer who represents victims of drone strikes, as saying. 

“In the past it used to be a one-off, every now and then. Now almost every other attack is a double tap. There is no justification for it.” 

Research also shows the consequences are much more profound than simply the fatalities, as the survivors of the attacks suffer from deep psychological trauma. 

Despite Pakistani government’s repeated calls on Washington to end the drone attacks, the US government continues its strikes on the tribal regions of the country. 

The aerial attacks were initiated by former US President George W. Bush, but have escalated under President Barack Obama. 

The drone strikes have triggered massive anti-US demonstrations across Pakistan to condemn the United States’ violations of their national sovereignty. 

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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: 7Total killed in strikes in August: 29-65, of whom at least 2were reportedly civilians

All actions 2004 – August 31 2012

Total Obama strikes: 291Total US strikes since 2004: 343Total reported killed: 2,558-3,319Civilians reported killed: 474-881Children reported killed: 176Total reported injured: 1,226-1,359For the Bureau’s full Pakistan databases click here.

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.
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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. 

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

Total Obama strikes: 291
Total US strikes since 2004: 343
Total reported killed: 2,558-3,319
Civilians reported killed: 474-881
Children reported killed: 176
Total reported injured: 1,226-1,359
For the Bureau’s full Pakistan databases click here.

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.

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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. 

Real children. Not just 1 of the daily total of civilians who have been murdered (like the 18+ today) but real people, real children. Children who want to be things, who have ideas, who have dreams, who have mothers and brothers and friends and childhood crushes. It’s a profound and unnecessary loss of real human life. There are people who died today who will be remembered and mourned over for the next 50 years. It isn’t inconsequential. And the long-term effects are potentially devastating and terrifying to think about.

Real children. Not just 1 of the daily total of civilians who have been murdered (like the 18+ today) but real people, real children. Children who want to be things, who have ideas, who have dreams, who have mothers and brothers and friends and childhood crushes. It’s a profound and unnecessary loss of real human life. There are people who died today who will be remembered and mourned over for the next 50 years. It isn’t inconsequential. And the long-term effects are potentially devastating and terrifying to think about.

US drones kill 10 in northwest Pakistan

August 20, 2012

American drones fired a flurry of missiles in a Pakistani tribal area bordering Afghanistan Sunday, killing a total of 10 suspected militants, Pakistani officials said.

In the first strike, missiles fired from unmanned American spy planes hit two vehicles near the Afghan border, killing at least seven militants, Pakistani intelligence officials said.

The strike came in the Mana area of North Waziristan, the officials added.

The officials say the area is dominated by Hafiz Gul Bahadur, a commander whose forces often strike U.S. troops in Afghanistan, but they did not know whether his men were the targets of Sundays’ strike. A U.S. drone strike Saturday also in North Waziristan killed five Gul Bahadur allies.

About 10 hours later on Sunday, two missiles destroyed a home also in the Mana area, killing three militants, the officials said.

All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to the media.

The drone program is hotly contested in Pakistan.

Most Pakistanis feel the strikes violate the country’s sovereignty and kill innocent civilians. The U.S. maintains they are directed against militants and necessary to combat groups like al-Qaida.

North Waziristan is one of the last tribal areas in northwestern Pakistan, where the military has yet to launch an operation to root out militants. The area has become a safe haven for fighters who use it as a base from which to attack American and NATO troops in Afghanistan.

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Note: President Obama has redefined the word “militant” to mean any male of fighting age.

Amnesty International & other international organizations have condemned U.S. drones as unlawful & said they raise serious questions about human rights violations in Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan, Libya, Afghanistan & Iraq.  

US drone kills 3, injures 15 civilians in Somalia

August 12, 2012

At least three civilians have been killed and 15 others injured in the latest attack by a US assassination drone in Somalia.

The Saturday attack took place in the southern town of Kul-biyow where the unmanned plane fired two missiles, hitting a civilian area as well as a base used by al-Shabab fighters. 

The US military uses remote-controlled drones in Somalia for reconnaissance operations and targeted killings.

Washington has been carrying out assassination attacks using the unmanned aircraft in other countries including Afghanistan, Libya, Pakistan, and Yemen. 

The United States claims the CIA-run strikes are aimed at militants. But witness reports and figures offered by local authorities indicate the attacks have led to massive civilian deaths in these countries. 

The UN has condemned the US assassination drone strikes, saying they pose a challenge to international law.
Strategically located in the Horn of Africa, Somalia remains among the ones generating the highest number of refugees and internally-displaced persons in the world. 

The weak Western-backed transitional government in Mogadishu has been battling al-Shabab for the past five years and is propped up by a 12,000-strong AU force from Uganda, Burundi, and Djibouti. 

Amnesty International & other international organizations have condemned U.S. drones as unlawful & said they raise serious questions about human rights violations in Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan, Libya, Afghanistan & Iraq. 

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