Comment: Official estimates show civilians more likely to be killed by CIA drones than by US Air Force actions. The reality is likely far worse - The Bureau of Investigative Journalism:
The new White House data
relates only to Obama’s first seven years in office – during which it
says 473 covert and clandestine airstrikes and drone attacks were
carried out in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and Libya.
The US claims that between 64 and 116 civilians died in these actions
– around one non-combatant killed for every seven or so strikes. That
official estimate suggests civilians are significantly more likely to
die in a JSOC or CIA drone attack than in conventional US airstrikes.
United Nations data for Afghanistan indicates that one civilian was killed for every 11 international airstrikes in 2014, for example.
But for Obama’s secret wars, the public record suggests a far worse reality. According to Bureau monitoring,
between 2009 and 2015 an estimated 256 civilians have died in CIA drone
strikes in Pakistan. A further 124 civilians are likely to have been
slain in Yemen, with less than 10 non-combatants estimated killed in
Somalia strikes. Similar tallies are reported by the New America Foundation and the Long War Journal.
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