Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Is the US Terrorizing Pakistan with Assassination Drones?

Despite the fact that we're not at war with Pakistan, the US regularly uses drones for attacks on Pakistan's tribal regions, claiming the airstrikes target al-Qaeda and Taliban militants, but locals, and official reports say civilians are the main victims of the assaults.

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama's chief counter-terrorism adviser, John Brennan, has defended the non-UN-sanctioned CIA assassination drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal regions, calling them legal and ethical, and needed to save American lives.  Really? .

The US resumed its drone operations in Pakistan in recent weeks after it halted the strikes in November 2011, when 24 Pakistani soldiers were killed in NATO airstrikes at two checkpoints on the Afghan border.

US Drone Kills 16-Year-Old Pakistani Boy 3 Days After He Attends Anti-Drone Planning Meeting :

A group of Pakistanis met in Islamabad late last month to discuss the impact of U.S. drone strikes in their communities. One of the attendees was a 16-year-old boy named Tariq Aziz who had volunteered to learn photography to begin documenting drone strikes near his home. Within 72 hours of the meeting Aziz was killed in a U.S. drone strike. His 12-year-old cousin was also killed in the Oct. 31 attack. "People were aware of the threat to them, yet they volunteered. Tariq in particular because he, at his age in that remote community, was familiar with computers, was excited about the idea of being able to document the civilian casualties," says reporter Pratap Chatterjee, who met Aziz days before he was killed.


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