October 5th, 2010
05:28 PM ET

Source: Drone strikes rise but civilian toll limited

WASHINGTON  — The stepped up missile strikes by the CIA in Pakistan last month resulted in no civilian deaths, according to a knowledgeable U.S. source.

 The source said so far this year, there have been approximately 500 individuals killed by missiles fired from pilotless planes at suspected terrorists or other extremists operating out of the tribal areas along the border with Afghanistan, less than 10 of those victims were non-combatants.

 Those figures do not jibe with the numbers logged by an independent Washington think tank. The New America Foundation which keeps track of the drone campaign, indicates a total of between 409 and 685 deaths from the CIA attacks in 2010, with somewhere between 26 to 60 of those individuals being civilians. The group bases its figures on the reports from major western newspaper and broadcast reports and the leading English language media in Pakistan.

The civilian death toll from the controversial missile strikes has angered Pakistanis.

Although the CIA never comments on the unmanned aerial campaign, a U.S. official who did not want to be named said the U.S. avoids civilian casualties.

 "This weapon system exhibits precision unsurpassed in the history of warfare," said the official.

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  1. Military-Industrial-Complex Right Wing Thug Predator Drone Bla Bla Bla Filthy Creep Hindu


    'K, good luck with that.

    October 6, 2010 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |


    October 6, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ken

    Yea, and the time square bomber wasn't trying to kill innocents. Here we have casualties in a precision attack which we admit. The Taliban blow up bombs in markets and call innocent casualties martyrs to the cause. I'm pretty sure blowing up a market square isn't targeting anything; it's just indiscriminately killing anyone near by.

    October 5, 2010 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |

      Are you really that naive,Ken? Do you think that the military really cares whether or not that they're killing civilians? However, you're right about one thing,NATO is concerned about their PR and does try to make itself look good.

      October 6, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  4. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    It is his way of calling himself and his terrorist buddies godly people doing gods work in carrying out god punishment against the sinners of the world. He calls all others who do not follow this belief hindu filthy pot head man gods that believe that Jesus Christ had died for every ones sins. He believes that the Pharaohs and Pharisees had made up the trinity. However in fact the Holy Bible is the written word of God and the authors were inspired by God to write both the Old Testament and the New Testament in which all prophecies have come to pass and even now Jesus' prophecies are now at hand! For one they will be like wolves in sheep's clothing and thinking that they are doing God a favor by killing the sinner OR following a FALSE prophet!

    October 5, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |

    More NATO right-wing propaganda,I presume. Anything to drum up public sympathy for this obnoxious war!!!

    October 5, 2010 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Military-Industrial-Complex Predator Drone Right Wing Thug Hindu Pot Head Man God

      Is it that much of a stretch of the imagination to say drone strikes are getting more efficient?

      October 5, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. 7 year-old boy accused of being a spy was hanged by Taliban

    There are no civilians. Taliban and Taliban sympathizers

    October 5, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Military-Industrial-Complex Predator Drone Right Wing Thug Hindu Pot Head Man God

    Where are you exactly getting this "360 degrees" stuff anyway? It sure as heck isn't in the Qur'an.

    For that matter, what's your deal with Hindus anyway? Is it just because you're from Pakistan (I'm assuming, please correct me if I'm wrong), or what?

    October 5, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Military-Industrial-Complex Predator Drone Right Wing Thug Hindu Pot Head Man God


      Find me a Qur'an, Torah, or Bible verse mentioning ANYTHING about 360 degrees.

      October 5, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |