Google Map of US drone strikes in Pakistan


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The New America Foundation has mapped drone strikes in Pakistan over the past 6 years using Peter Bergen and Katherine Tiedemann’s drones database. Their policy paper is here, describing their methodology. Although they estimate the “true civilian fatality rate since 2004″ to be “only” 32 percent, they criticize the use of drones as ineffective, and no substitute for a proper strategy in Pakistan. At the same time, “drone attacks in the tribal regions seem to remain the only viable option for the United States to take on the militants based there who threaten the lives of Afghans, Pakistanis, and Westerners alike.”

The drone database is an ongoing project. The latest map update was March 2nd.

About Younghusband

Sir Francis Edward Younghusband (1863-1942) was a British explorer, army officer, military-political officer, and foreign correspondent born in India who led expeditions into Manchuria, Kashgar, and Tibet. He three times tried and failed to scale Mt. Everest and journeyed from China to India, crossing the Gobi desert and the Mustagh Pass (alt. c.19,000 ft/5,791 m) of the Karakoram mountain range in modern day Pakistan. Convinced of Russian designs on British interests in India, Younghusband proactively engaged in the nineteenth century spying and conflict over Central Asia between the British and the Russians known as the Great Game. "Younghusband" is a Canadian who has spent a number of years bouncing back and forth between his home country and Japan. Fluent in Japanese and English with experience in numerous other languages from Spanish to Georgian, Younghusband has travelled throughout Asia. He graduated with an MA from the War Studies Department at the Royal Military College of Canada, where he focussed on the Japanese oil industry and energy security issues. He has recently returned to Canada from Japan, and is working in the technology sector.
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9 Responses to Google Map of US drone strikes in Pakistan

  1. Chirol says:

    Great find! It’s funny that the people who usually criticize droen strikes are always the people who don’t live there while Pew polls of people only in the affected areas of FATA find overwhelming support as they are the ones oppressed by Taliban nutjobs. I also find it hard to buy the ineffective argument given that we’ve wiped out so much of the AQ and Taliban leadership this way. Whether they are replaced or not is immaterial, the point is that you have a limited number of experienced cadre with good connections. Eventually the quality of the organizations will be degraded to a point of their being dysfunctional.

  2. Thomas says:

    The whole American strategy in Pakistan amazes me.

    Normally, deliberately and repeatedly bombing another country’s sovereign territory, often without their foreknowledge or permission, would be an unambiguous act of war.

    Somehow we get away with it.

  3. I find it difficult to believe Pakistan is in complete ignorance of American cross border operations. I’d speculate the drone attacks are partly coordinated using intel from the ISI and the politicians make the necessary noise to appease the understandably pissed off populace.

  4. SJPONeill says:

    Interesting to compare the drone attacks and their civilian casualties with the squeamishness around Marjah when Taliban forces used civilians as shields…

  5. Jesus Reyes says:

    I think the saddest thing is events like last Feb 23. General McChrystal was found on the news apologizing for the US killing 33 civilians. I honestly thought my heart would break watching McCrystal say, “We are extremely saddened by this tragic loss of innocent lives…” Why must this man have to suffer so. To watch his heartbrokeness on the television, well, really, I just broke down and wept like a child. I wanted to embrace Stanley and grieve with him and let him know that it wasn’t his fault. And the sad thing is knowing that Stanley will continue to suffer. There must be days when he just wishes he could go back to JSOC where he wouldn’t have to witness such horror. I could write on, but my eyes are so full of tears I can no longer see…

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  7. Curzon says:

    “Normally, deliberately and repeatedly bombing another country’s sovereign territory, often without their foreknowledge or permission, would be an unambiguous act of war.

    Somehow we get away with it. ”

    Sorry Thomas, you think Pakistan is protesting this? Pakistan’s government wholly acknowledges, provides support to, and approval of, the drone bombings. But its people are infuriated by it so the government in Islamabad pretends to be outraged. There is nothing unauthorized about this in the slightest.

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  9. Thomas says:

    Curzon –

    While it’s true that Pakistan has provided support for and approved of such attacks for much of the campaign, in recent months the Pakistani government has complained on the world stage that it is not being consistently or universally informed in regards to these operations and that the US is attacking targets on their soil without permission.

    Whether this is pandering to more populist elements within Pakistan is not relevant. The point remains that we are bombing another country without official permission, something that, in virtually any other set of circumstances would be an act of war.