Drone Myths Put To Rest

dronesThis has been a difficult month for conspiracy theorists. First the visa conspiracy was completely debunked when the Embassy in Washington opened the books and showed the data which revealed that the number of visas issued to American officials has been relatively unchanged for decades. Now, the conspiracy theorists other favourite story, drone attacks, is also put to rest – and by none other than our own military.

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The General Officer Commanding 7-Division, a two-star major-general, has said on record, speaking at a briefing in Mirali in North Waziristan, that “many of those killed in drone strikes are hardcore elements” and that “a sizeable number” were “foreigners”. He added that “there are a few civilian casualties in such precision strikes, but a majority of those eliminated are terrorists”. According to the officer, between 2007 and 2011 about 164 predator strikes had been carried out and over 964 terrorists killed. Of those killed, 793 were locals and 171 foreigners. Under US President Barack Obama, 2010 was the deadliest year, with the attacks leaving more than 423 terrorists dead.

This evidence presented by our own military exposes the error in the constant stream of articles claiming that drone strikes are killing mostly civilians. This claim has been presented time and again without supporting evidence, despite open and transparent research that concluded that actually those killed in drone attacks were mostly terrorist militants. The evidence provided by the general also puts to rest the more recent conspiracy theories that have grown out of the Raymond Davis case which claim that the CIA is using drone strikes to destabilize Pakistan.

It was also recognized by the military that the foreign element which has been responsible for destabilizing attacks has not been American agents as suggested by those who promote the visa conspiracy but Arabs, Uzbeks, Tajiks, Chechens, Filipinos and Moroccans.

The briefing by Maj. Gen. Mehmood Ghayur will not put to rest the entire debate and discussion about drone attacks, nor should it. Hopefully, though, the discussion in media will shift to issues based in fact and not the false inventions and conspiracy theories of propagandists and political operatives.

CORRECTION: The quote above is from an editorial in Express Tribune, not the report in Dawn which is linked above. We apologize for the oversight and any confusion.

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4 Responses to “Drone Myths Put To Rest”

  1. Aamir Mughal says:

    US CIA VS ISI & Lies, Distortion & Canard of GEO TV & Jang Group.
    http://chagataikhan.blogspot.com/2011/03/us-cia-vs-isi-lies-distortion-canard-of.html Kindly note that “Jang Group” has changed the Format and all the stories filed by Shaheen Sehbai and Co are lost and that is done intentionally to hoodwink unsuspecting readers who read The News and Jang for news not opinion. Jang Group of Newspapers, GEO TV, Salim Safi, Shaheen Sehbai, Rauf Klasra (now in Express) and Ansar Abbasi should be ashamed of themselves because it was the Jang Group of Newspapers which statrted giving undue attention to Brigadier (R) Imtiaz since July 2009. Jang Group of Newspapers, GEO TV, Salim Safi, Shaheen Sehbai, Kamran Khan,Rauf Klasra (now in Express News Group) and Ansar Abbasi should be called the “Anti Democracy Secret Cell in the Journalist Community” to tarnish the very image of Journalism and Press Freedom, now go through the latest “effort (Jirga 3 March 2011)” of Jang Group and GEO TV to further distort the Recent History of Afghan War and Pakistan’s Cooperation with US CIA during General Zia’s period (1979 – 1988), the Anchor, Mr. Salim Safi in the start of the Program “Jirga” mentioned Unnamed CIA Officials and showed the cover of a Steve Coll’s book on Afghanistan — Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan and bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to 10 September 2001) and shamelessly declared Steve Coll, a Former US CIA Employee whereas he is is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist and writer.

  2. Omar R Quraishi says:

    Though the original story came in Dawn, the excerpt that you have placed in your post was from our editorial and should have been attributed as such.

    Omar R Quraishi
    Editorial Pages Editor
    The Express Tribune

  3. Ricardo Houston says:

    …and this is true, why?.
    Ah, because the statement came from a military officer at a military briefing.
    I would expect a media “watchdog” to be a bit more critical.

  4. admin says:

    Omar you are correct. I apologize for the oversight and it has been corrected in the post above. Thank you for notifying us so that we could give the proper attribution.

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