As CIA Drone War Deaths Increase, So Does Anti-U.S. Sentiment

By:  Joe Wolverton, II
08/03/2012
       
As CIA Drone War Deaths Increase, So Does Anti-U.S. Sentiment

The United States' continued use of drones to kill suspected militants in countries such as Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia is causing increased anti-U.S. sentiment in those countries. At a conference of top Pakistani and American officials in Aspen, Colorado, Sherry Rehman, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States, criticized the Central Intelligence Agency’s drone warfare in Pakistan, describing it as having reached the point of “diminishing returns” and contributing to the growing anti-American sentiment in the country.

At a conference of top Pakistani and American officials in Aspen, Colorado, Sherry Rehman, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States, criticized the Central Intelligence Agency’s drone warfare in Pakistan, describing it as having reached the point of “diminishing returns” and contributing to the growing anti-American sentiment in the country.

“This adds to the pool of recruits we’re fighting against,” Rehman said at the Aspen Security Forum held July 25-28.

With Pakistan’s spy chief, Lt. General Zaheerul Islam is scheduled to meet with CIA Director David Petraeus at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, next week, Rehman also added that “we will seek an end to drone strikes and there will be no compromise on that.”

Ambassador Rehman’s remarks are understandable and are backed up by data contained in a report issued by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (BIJ). According to that document, the United States has carried out at least 337 drone strikes in Pakistan, mainly centered in the tribal areas in the northern part of the province of Waziristan.

According to the organization’s website, the CIA has carried out four drone attacks in Pakistan in July, resulting in between 38 and 53 deaths, depending on the source of the fatality reports.

That number is up from the 22-46 killed in Pakistan by drone in June and it is “the highest in any month so far this year” according to the BIJ.

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