Just one in 50 victims of “surgical” US drone strikes in Pakistan are known militants, a report claimed on Tuesday.
The use of drones in the covert war run by the US against violent Islamists has been documented in a new report by legal experts at Stanford and New York universities.
The product of nine months’ research and more than 130 interviews, it is one of the most exhaustive attempts by academics to understand – and evaluate – Washington’s drone wars.
And their verdict is damning. Throughout the 146-page report, the authors condemn drone strikes for their ineffectiveness.
Despite assurances the attacks are “surgical”, researchers found barely two percent of their victims are known militants and that the idea that the strikes make the world a safer place for the US is “ambiguous at best”.