Drone strikes in Pakistan fall to lowest level: report

Published: January 8, 2016


ISLAMABAD: Drone strikes in Pakistan fell to their lowest level for eight years in 2015, according to new research by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, with a sharp reduction not only in attacks but also in the number of people reported killed.

The drones hit the country’s tribal areas 13 times last year, killing between 60 and 85 people – almost half the 25 strikes in 2014 and 10 times fewer than the campaign’s peak of 128 in 2010, BBC Urdu reported.

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The figures come from the bureau’s annual drone report for 2015.

The reduction in drone operations in Pakistan last year could be down to a number of factors, including Pakistani military’s 18 month-long operation Zarb-e-Azb in the tribal regions.

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  • cautious
    Jan 8, 2016 - 11:26PM

    No member of The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has stepped foot inside either Waziristan – or have visited the site of any drone attack – and all of their “investigation” is done via Internet Searches, Not sure why anybody would put much credence in their statistics. Recommend

  • Xnain
    Jan 9, 2016 - 1:05AM

    Thank you (whosoever is Raheel Sharif in US)! :DRecommend

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