Revealed: U.S. carried out 333 drone strikes in Afghanistan this year alone - more than the entire drone strikes in Pakistan over the past eight years COMBINED
- U.S. carried out 333 drone strikes in Afghanistan in 2012, report says, up from 294 in 2011
- Controversial method of fighting uses remote pilots to operate aircrafts
By BETH STEBNER
PUBLISHED: 20:00 EST, 20 December 2012 | UPDATED: 20:00 EST, 20 December 2012
The United States carried out more drone strikes in Afghanistan this year than it has done in all the years put together in Pakistan since it launched the covert air war there eight years ago, it has been revealed.
The statistics, published by the U.S. Air Force and published by Wired’s Danger Room blog, show that there were 333 drone strikes in Afghanistan in 2012 alone, up from 294 in the previous year and 278 in 2010.
It is far more than an estimated 338 strikes carried out by the CIA in Pakistan since it began hunting down remnants of al Qaeda, the Taliban and other militant groups in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas eight years ago.
Read this very important report on Wired at http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/11/drones-afghan-air-war/. These are new statistics and reveal the extent to which drones are being used in Afghanstan. How many more civilians killed? Obama says the U.S. will be pulling its ground troops out of Afghanistan, but the drone strikes are sure to continue.
Our drone replica has not yet arrived, but will be here soon. Make plans now to join the anti-drone contingent in the MLK Day Parade!
Rally against drones outside of Obama's Kailua residence on Saturday morning, December 29th, at 9am. Note: This may be changed to Thursday morning if it is announced that Obama will be flying back to Washington. More details coming.
Talk by Ann Wright at Revolution books on Sunday, December 30th, at 3pm. Ann will focus on drones and her recent trip to Pakistan to join an American-Pakistani delegation against drones.
Pilot operators control an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on a mission; drone operators typically work out of small bunkers thousands away from the actual drone strike - droping bombs with a joystick.