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Only 4% of #drone victims in #Pakistan named as #alQaeda members | Naming the Dead

Only 4% of #drone victims in #Pakistan named as #alQaeda members | Naming the Dead | Anti-Exploitation | Scoop.it

Pakistan drone strike deaths in numbers
Total killed 2,379
Total named as militants 295
Total named as al Qaeda 84
Total named 704
 
When asked for a comment on the Bureau’s investigation, US National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said that strikes were only carried out when there was “near-certainty” that no civilians would be killed.

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Leaked official document records 330 #drone strikes in #Pakistan | The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Leaked official document records 330 #drone strikes in #Pakistan | The Bureau of Investigative Journalism | Anti-Exploitation | Scoop.it
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The Bureau is today publishing a leaked official document that records details of over 300 drone strikes, including their locations and an assessment of how many people died in each incident.

The document is the fullest official record of drone strikes in Pakistan to have yet been published. It provides rare insight into what the government understands about the campaign.

It also provides details about exactly when and where strikes took place, often including the names of homeowners. These details can be valuable to researchers attempting to verify eyewitness reports – and are often not reported elsewhere. But interestingly, the document stops recording civilian casualties after 2008, even omitting details of well-documented civilian deaths and those that have been acknowledged by the government.

Last July the Bureau published part of the document for the first time. This documented strikes, which hit the northwest tribal areas of Pakistan between 2006 and late 2009, and revealed that the Pakistani government was aware of hundreds of civilian casualties, even in strikes where it had officially denied civilians had died.

The reports are based on information filed to the FATA Secretariat each evening by local Political Agents – senior officials in the field. These agents gather the information from networks of informants in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), the area bordering Afghanistan.

Now the Bureau has obtained an updated version of the document, which lists attacks up to late September 2013.

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