Drones target people without true intelligence in Pakistan: Activist

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Published in Pakistan
Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Drone attacks by the United States against Pakistan are targeting too many innocent civilians and creating a backlash against Washington, an American activist in Maryland says.

“The drones are targeting people without true intelligence about who is being targeted; too many innocent people are being victimized,” Myles Hoenig told Press TV on Tuesday.

“The backlash against America is very strong because it looks as if we are attacking innocent people and it is creating the recruitment for all kinds of [extremist] groups,” Hoenig said.

“Too many people are being victimized and too many people are going to be wanting vengeance on the United States, it’s very counterproductive to use drones in this method,” he added.
On Thursday, US officials confirmed that two Western hostages in Pakistan were killed by American drones in January.

American Warren Weinstein, 73, and Italian Giovanni Lo Porto, 39, were accidentally killed during a CIA drone strike against an al-Qaeda compound near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
The intelligence that directed the drone strike turned out to have been tragically incorrect, US officials and lawmakers said Thursday.

Their deaths have created the biggest crisis yet for the Obama administration’s controversial program -- a central part of US “counterterrorism strategy” which has provoked a strong backlash in the countries where drones have been used, from Pakistan to Yemen.

Critics say the incident highlights the troubling reality about the secret drone attacks that often result in civilian casualties because of the uncertainties about who is being targeted.
US President Barack Obama has expressed his deep regrets over the deaths of the American and Italian hostages but also defended the nation's spying operations despite false intelligence that led to the killings.

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