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Stanford-NYU Report: Drone Attacks Illegal, Counterproductive

trbdavies (979982) writes | about a year and a half ago

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trbdavies writes "In "Living Under Drones" (http://livingunderdrones.org/), investigators from Stanford and NYU Law Schools report on interviews with 130 people in Pakistan about U.S.-led drone attacks there, including 69 survivors and family members of victims. The report affirms Bureau of Investigative Journalism numbers that count "474 to 884 civilian deaths since 2004, including 176 children" while "only about 2% of drone casualties are top militant leaders" (http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-drone-study-20120925,0,5793737.story). It also argues that the attacks violate international law and are counterproductive, stating: "Evidence suggests that US strikes have facilitated recruitment to violent non-state armed groups, and motivated further violent attacks One major study shows that 74% of Pakistanis now consider the US an enemy" (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/sep/25/drone-attacks-pakistan-counterproductive-report)."
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