Drone strikes

(2004 - Aug 2012)

FEDERALLY ADMINISTERED TRIBAL AREAS

Kabul

AFGHANISTAN
Khyber Pass Parachina

NORTH-WEST FRONTIER PROVINCE
Peshawar

Strikes since Obama’s election
Islamabad

284

NORTH WAZIRISTAN

Thal Miram Shah

PAKISTAN
PUNJAB

Datta Khel Razmak

Jandola
AREA OF DETAIL Kabul

150 miles

Wana

AFGHANISTAN

Islamabad Lahore

CHINA

Death from above
First produced in the mid 1990s, drones became weaponised after 11 September and are now a major tool in the US’s fight against Islamist militants.

PREDATOR DRONE

SOUTH WAZIRISTAN PA K I STA N
IRAN Karachi Arabian Sea Number of strikes Mininum casualties

Size comparison

New Delhi INDIA

345
The number of drone strikes that have hit Pakistan’s tribal areas in the past eight years

50 miles

Length 27ft Max speed 135mph Wingspan 55ft Range 675 miles Loaded weight 2,250lb Max altitude 25,000ft

Drone strikes and casualties
NUMBERS PER WEEK

60 50 40 30 20 10 0 Jan 2010 Feb

Attempted car bombing of Times Square

Osama bin Laden killed

Nato attack kills 24 Pakistani soldiers. Tensions flare

US ends 55-day pause in strikes

Obama refuses to meet Pakistan’s President, Asif Ali Zardari, at Nato Summit

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SOURCE: TBIJ, STANFORD/NYU

GRAPHIC: ROB BROOKS

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