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44 US drone hits in Pakistan killed 700 civilians in 2009

Of the 44 Predator strikes carried out by the American drones in the tribal areas of Pakistan in the 12 months of 2009, only five were able to hit their actual targets, killing five key Al Qaeda and Taliban leaders. But at the cost of around 700 innocent civilian lives.

For each Al Qaeda and Taliban terrorist killed by the American drones, 140 civilian Pakistanis also had to die. Over 90 percent of those killed in the deadly missile strikes were innocent civilians.

The success percentage for the drone hits during 2009 is hardly 11 percent. On average, 58 civilians were killed in these attacks every month, 12 persons every week and almost two people every day.

Most of the hits were conducted on the basis of human intelligence, reportedly provided by the Pakistani and Afghan tribesmen, who are spying for the US-led allied forces in Afghanistan.

The Peninsula

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One Response to “44 US drone hits in Pakistan killed 700 civilians in 2009”

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