April 22, 2018

A battle for transparency: putting names and numbers to the US drone war

The Bureau has been tracking US drone strikes for seven years. Its work is now as important as ever. This is an extract from the Bureau's report, Naming The Dead, published in April 2018, written by Jack Serle

The phenomenal assassination tool that is the attack drone was born of frustration – the inability of the US to kill Osama bin Laden.

The CIA and its Afghan militia allies were pretty sure they knew where he was, training would-be suicide bombers in his Afghan hideout. Whenever they did get a read on his location, albeit briefly, it was thanks to the CIA’s small fleet of surveillance Predator drones. They could fly high and for more than 12 hours on end, constantly filming the scene below them and sending the footage back to the US. Read more.

Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Related,
- Naming The Dead (pdf) - Bureau of Investigative Journalism

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