Keep Flags at Half staff for Children Killed By US Drones
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Music by Humblehorse US Drones Are Killing Children, Terrorising Families And Turning Civilians Against America, Report Finds
It's claimed that drone strikes in Pakistan make America safer, by surgically eliminating terrorists.
But a study published on Tuesday claims that not only are very few key targets killed, but that the attacks have resulted in high civilian casualties -- including children - and have greatly increased resentment towards the US.
The report, by Stanford University and New York University, warns that the CIA's drone campaign, which has escalated under Obama, "terrorises men, women and children" in north-west Pakistan "twenty-four hours a day".
The detailed report - which was compiled over nine months using interviews with the local population, including victims of strikes, humanitarian workers and medical professionals -- explains that hundreds of civilians have been killed through drone strikes.
It quotes figures from the London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ), which says that from June 2004 to mid-September 2012, drone strikes killed between 2,562 and 3,325 people in Pakistan, of whom 474 to 881 were civilians, including 176 children.
Some of these children have been killed during Obama's incumbency, according to the TBIJ.
The number of "high-level" targets killed as a percentage of total casualties is extremely low - estimated at just 2%, the study found.
The strikes come from Predator and Reaper drones that fire powerful hellfire missiles and the deaths and injuries they've caused have devastated village life in Pakistan, the study says.
For example, children in the affected areas are being taken out of school for a number of reasons, including "the physical, emotional and financial impacts of the [drone] strike," "to compensate for the income lost after the death or injury of a relative," or "due to fear that they would be killed in a drone strike."