Youth Disrupted: Effects of U.S. Drone Strikes on Children inTargeted Areas
Since the George W. Bush administration’s first use of
targeted assassinations viadrone strikes, aimed at Al Qaeda and associated forces, in 2002, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ) reports
178 innocent children (up to age 17)have died directly as a result of U.S. drone policy.
called the “best currently available public aggregate data on dronestrikes”
by legal experts at Stanford and NYU who recently released the in-depthreport
Living Under Drones: Death, Injury and Trauma to Civilians From US DronePractices in Pakistan
-- finds that 176 of the 178 children killed in U.S. dronesstrikes were Pakistani. The two non-Pakistani children were killed in Yemen: U.S.citizen Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, 16, and his Yemeni cousin Ahmed Abdel-Rahman al-Awlaki, 17.
Misleading claims by the U.S. Government
The minimum count of 178 child deaths is far beyond any acknowledged count of civilian deaths from U.S. drone strikes by the U.S. government. John Brennan,
President Obama’s top counterterrorism adviser, has called civilian c
asualties as a
result of the CIA’s secretive drone policy
Brennan said in August
2011, “Fortunately, for more than a year, due to our discretion and precision, the
U.S. government has not found credible evidence of collateral deaths resulting from
U.S. counterterrorism operations outside of Afghanistan or Iraq.”
Though fromAugust 2010 through August 2011, TBIJ documented at least 101 civilians, including13 children, were killed by drone strikes. Brennan also said from August 2010through
April 2012, the U.S. “had no information about a sin
gle civilian being
TBIJ found that at least 107 civilians, including at least 16 children, werekilled by strikes in that time. Finally, in January 2012, President Obama --acknowledging
the CIA’s drone program for the first tim
e -- said strikes do not causelarge amounts of civilian casualties.
TBIJ finds that at the time of