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    Only 12% of People Killed in US Drone Strikes in Pakistan Identified as Militants, Sa

    Research by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, an independent news organisation based at City University, London, has found that only 12% of victims of US drone strikes in Pakistan could be identified as militants.
    In a report, released by the organisation on Thursday, researchers also found that fewer than 4% of those killed have been identified as members of al Qaeda.

    The report said that out of the 2,379 known victims of drone strikes between June 2004 and October 2014, 704 have been identified. Only 295 of these were reported to be members of some kind of armed group.


    The report alleges that of those there were “few corroborating details” to account for those who were solely listed as “militants”. More than a third of them were not designated a rank within their militant organisation, and almost 30% were not even linked to a specific group.
    Only 84 of those designated as militants could be identified as members of al Qaeda, less than 4% of the total number of people killed.


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    Drone at will! Seems that we have been lied to yet again about our drone program. We dont “ only target confirmed terrorist targets at the highest level”. I bet its more like this:


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    Re: Only 12% of People Killed in US Drone Strikes in Pakistan Identified as Militants

    They are brown and from the wrong region in the world... What other reason do we need?

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    Re: Only 12% of People Killed in US Drone Strikes in Pakistan Identified as Militants

    I see you are trusting sources that got your agenda again. Even this "journalist" organization doesn't say what the other 88% are. So they may well have been human shields, trainees, and future combatants you no longer need to worry about.



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    Drone at will! Seems that we have been lied to yet again about our drone program. We dont “ only target confirmed terrorist targets at the highest level”. I bet its more like this: [/FONT][/COLOR]

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    Re: Only 12% of People Killed in US Drone Strikes in Pakistan Identified as Militants

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    They are brown and from the wrong region in the world... What other reason do we need?
    They are brown and from the wrong region in the world... What other reason does Obama need?

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    Re: Only 12% of People Killed in US Drone Strikes in Pakistan Identified as Militants

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
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    Drone at will! Seems that we have been lied to yet again about our drone program. We dont “ only target confirmed terrorist targets at the highest level”. I bet its more like this: [/FONT][/COLOR]

    The correct number is 42% of those identified were "militants". There is no way of knowing the status of those not identified.
    I wonder how may civilians were killed in Iraq by our "shock and awe" attacks before the invasion? The best estimates for the Iraq war are over 100,000 civilians including women and children killed. Drones are far more humane than invasion.

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    Re: Only 12% of People Killed in US Drone Strikes in Pakistan Identified as Militants

    Quote Originally Posted by iguanaman View Post
    The correct number is 42% of those identified were "militants". There is no way of knowing the status of those not identified.
    I wonder how may civilians were killed in Iraq by our "shock and awe" attacks before the invasion? The best estimates for the Iraq war are over 100,000 civilians including women and children killed. Drones are far more humane than invasion.
    You betcha! The onliest way to fight unhumanitarian terror, death, chaos and destruction is with humanitarian terror, death, chaos, and destruction.

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    Re: Only 12% of People Killed in US Drone Strikes in Pakistan Identified as Militants

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    They are brown and from the wrong region in the world... What other reason do we need?
    You may want to not join on the idiocy. This finding is.....

    well, it's an extreme outlier from all the other scholarship done, and seems in its language to have been constructed as such.


    If we take out a vehicle with a commander and his two bodyguards, for example, is only one an "identified militant" or "member of al-Qaeda"?



    I'm generally 100% in favor of blasting Obama for his idiotic and destructive foreign "policy" (if we have a policy, I am unable to determine what it is), but he has reduced the portion of civilian casualties in drone strikes.

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    Re: Only 12% of People Killed in US Drone Strikes in Pakistan Identified as Militants

    How was it confirmed that 100% of those drone victims not yet identified were not "terrorists"? It seems that even your biased source has over 40% of the identified drone victims counted as valid targets.

    edit: If one were to bomb a typical U,S, military base, killing everyone present, then only about 25% of those killed would be active duty military personnel.
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    Re: Only 12% of People Killed in US Drone Strikes in Pakistan Identified as Militants

    If a terrorist gets droned in his home with his entire family I don't care and if a terrorist lives next door to you it s best to move or better yet tell him to move.

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    Re: Only 12% of People Killed in US Drone Strikes in Pakistan Identified as Militants

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
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    Drone at will! Seems that we have been lied to yet again about our drone program. We dont “ only target confirmed terrorist targets at the highest level”. I bet its more like this: [/FONT][/COLOR]
    The terrorists hide among the local population. Of course there's going to be collateral damage. They want collatteral damage for propaganda reasons, because they know you will help spread their propaganda, for free.
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    At least Bill saved his transgressions for grown women. Not suggesting what he did was OK. But he didn't chase 14 year olds.

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