Monday, April 13, 2009

Pakistan drone strike figures

Chris Floyd reports on his blog empire burlesque,, some new figures coming out of Pakistan regarding the death resulting in the unmanned drone missile strikes.

Of the 60 cross-border predator strikes carried out by the Afghanistan-based American drones in Pakistan between January 14, 2006 and April 8, 2009, only 10 were able to hit their actual targets, killing 14 wanted al-Qaeda leaders, besides perishing 687 innocent Pakistani civilians. The success percentage of the US predator strikes thus comes to not more than six per cent....

In just a few months in office, Obama has managed to raise the average kill rate achieved by Bush from 32 to 38 per month

So it took 687 dead Pakistani civilians for us to kill 14 al-Qaeda targets. At what point does are military deem the risk too large. 1000 civilians per target, 10,000 civilians per target? Would our military ever believe the cost is too high?

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