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Resentment towards US drone strikes grows

10-25-2013 23:21 BJT

People in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Yemen say U.S. drone strikes are killing innocent people and sowing resentment in the regions. Their voices were echoed this week, when two reports were released by the human rights groups Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, detailing civilian casualties.

The reports say the U.S. has conducted 365 strikes in Pakistan.

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has publicly called on the U.S. to stop its drone attacks in his country. He was speaking a day before he was due to meet U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington.

Sharif’s comments reflect public anger over U.S. military action in their country.

U.S. drones have also made a number of attacks in Afghanistan. The UN mission there says unmanned aerial aircraft killed 16 civilians and wounding three in 2012.

U.S. drone strikes in Yemen increased dramatically after President Barack Obama took office in 2009. Representatives from the National Dialogue conference said the drones violate national sovereignty and destabilize the region.

"I think drone strikes only increase instability in the areas they attack. When people in these area are frequently attacked, they began to turn to illegal armed forces," representative of Yemen National Dialogue Conference Bala al-Sheibani said.

This complaint is frequently heard in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, where many people say the drones have increased hostility to the U.S. and helped militant armed forces find new recruits.


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