Amnesty International: Drone Strikes in Pakistan May Be War Crimes

Posted by on Oct 22, 2013 at 9:23 am

From Nobel Peace Prize recipient to war criminal in fours short years. Heckuva job, Bammy.

The killing of Pakistanis in US-led drone strikes may amount to war crimes, a report due to be published by Amnesty International tomorrow will claim.

‘Will I be next? US drone strikes in Pakistan’ examines nine strikes that were launched in 2012 and 2013 and the deaths resulting from the bombings.

The London-based human rights group has called on the US to comply with international law and investigate the killings documented in the report.

The US views its drone programme as a key weapon in the fight against insurgent groups that it says stages cross-border trips into neighbouring Afghanistan.

President Barack Obama said in May that no drone strikes are conducted unless there is ‘near-certainty that no civilians will be killed or injured’.

But Amnesty said the US is secretive about the programme, calling on the government to ‘come clean’ and hold those responsible to account.

The group claims the clandestine nature of the scheme means there is no way to tell what steps are taken to prevent civilian casualties.

They say it has ‘failed to commit to conduct investigations’ into alleged deaths that have already occurred.

The report focuses on the killing of civilians – believed to number between 153 and 926 according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism – including the death of Mamana Bibi, a 68-year-old grandmother and a 14-year-old boy in north western areas of Pakistan.

Mamana Bibi’s grandchildren told the human rights group that she was killed by missile fire on October 24 last year, as she was collecting vegetables in a family field in the North Waziristan tribal region – near the Afghan border.

Three of the 68-year-old’s grandchildren were also wounded in the strike, as were several others nearby.

The left would normally be wetting themselves over reports like these, especially during the Bush years. This will be greeted with silence. Say, whatever happened to the anti-war crowd?

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