Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Drones in Afghanistan: Playing with Fire?

Dexter Filkins and Alan Cowell report that two strikes by US drones firing Hellfire missiles have killed 16 "insurgents"  at two sites in Helmand province.  They also note that such use of drones is unusual in Afghanistan, where the population is already incensed by more than 8 years of civilians killed as "collateral damage" in US air-strikes.

Any ramping up of drone strikes by the US is likely to bring retaliation from the Taliban, as well as protest from the Karzai government, especially if it turns out (as it so often has) that the killed "insurgents" included women, children, and other innocents.

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