The Bureau for Investigative Journalism: updating their record of drone strike deaths

The known names of those reported killed by drones in Pakistan are listed together with as much biographical information as can be gathered.

drone casualty listAt the launch this report held just over 550 names, collated from media reports, court documents and academic and NGO publications. Now, it reports that more than 2,200 people have been killed by U.S. drones operating in Pakistan since 2006.

The 2014 document, compiled by the Pakistani government, lists the date and time of each strike, the number of people killed and injured in each attack and, in some cases, the names of the victims. The Bureau redacted many of the names to protect their identities.

After President Barack Obama was inaugurated in 2009, references were made to victims as “local” or “non-local,” rather than stating whether those killed or injured were terrorists or civilians. Some observers have suggested that the Pakistani government has been persuaded to play down the number of civilians killed by drones in order to help the Obama administration.

mamana bibiEven when a civilian death is well documented, the Pakistani government doesn’t always report it. An attack in October 2012 killed Mamana Bibi, a grandmother who was working in a field in North Waziristan. Some of her grandchildren, were injured by debris. Mustafa Qadri, a researcher for Amnesty International said: “If a case as well-documented as Mamana Bibi’s isn’t recorded as a civilian death, that raises questions about whether any state records of these strikes can be seen as reliable, beyond the most basic information”.

The drone program is under increased scrutiny from domestic and international critics . . . though the US does appear to be taking greater care in its drone strikes in Pakistan, US drones killed, on average, more civilians per strike in Yemen last year than any year before. There have been two confirmed US drone strikes already in 2014, killing at least five people, and possibly a further seven attacks killing at least nine.

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