Channel 4 News
December 22, 2010
- A d v e r t i s e m e n t
In the last 12 months there have been at least 113 attacks by secret US drones in Pakistan’s mountainous Waziristan region.
It is double the number of strikes in 2009, which itself saw a dramatic spike, bringing the total number of attacks under President Obama to an estimated figure of 166. That marks an increase of nearly 300 per cent compared with the last four years of the Bush presidency.
In the sights of these unmanned spy planes are Taliban and al-Qaeda leaders held responsible for unrest and attacks on coalition troops in the long-running Afghanistan war.
As a result of the 2010 drone surge, there have been 500-900 known deaths. Of these, media reports suggest the majority were militant fighters.