Over 2,500 people have been killed in US drone strikes in Pakistan, of which at least 350 were civilians.

2016-05-27 10:19:28 | almuslim news @ latest news
Over 2,500 people have been killed in US drone strikes in Pakistan, of which at least 350 were civilians.
US drone strikes in Pakistan see 631pc increase under Obama


Pakistan: The drone strike that killed Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Mansour in Balochistan earlier this week has once again strained Pak-US ties, with Pakistan terming the attack a 'violation of sovereignty' and the United States (US) vowing to continue targeting terrorists on Pakistani soil – if need be.

The US began carrying out drone strikes in 2001, after 9/11, under the administration of then president George W. Bush. Since then, the US has conducted 910 strikes in four countries ─ Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. Pakistan is at the top of this list, with 424 drone attacks since 2004.

Over 2,500 people have been killed in US drone strikes, of which at least 350 were civilians.

There have been 424 drone attacks in Pakistan from 2004-2016, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

• 424 strikes since 2004 
• 373 strikes under Obama govt 
• Over 2,500 people killed in strikes 
• 2010 worst year for strikes 
• First strike killed a Taliban commander

There have been at least 2,500-3,000 casualties reported in drone strikes, of which at least 350-420 are suspected to be civilians.

The first drone strike in Pakistan was carried out in 2004 to kill Taliban commander Naik Muhammad, according to data available with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism report (BIJ).

Over the last 12 years, more than 65 per cent of drone strikes were carried out in North Waziristan. Other areas hit by strikes include South Waziristan, Orakzai Agency, Bajaur, Bannu, Hangu, Khyber Agency and other parts of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

The greatest number of drone strikes on Pakistani soil, 128, were carried out in 2010, during US President Barack Obama's second year of presidency. Most drones were dispatched from US bases in Afghanistan.


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