Friday, July 23, 2010

Mapping US drone and Islamic militant attacks in Pakistan

The Taliban say drone attacks make them more determined to fight, but admit that they have disrupted their operations.

Disruption is good .

Obama has tripled the amount of Predator Drone Strikes in Pakistan , Compared to George Bush .

I think the Taliban are due for some more disruption .


Since January 2009 nearly 2,500 people have been killed in Pakistan as a result of US drones and Islamic militant attacks. The graphics below show how Islamic militant strongholds in the border area close to Afghanistan have been targeted by US drone aircraft, while, at the same time, Islamic militants have carried out attacks across Pakistan.

Compared with 25 drone strikes between January 2008 and January 2009, there were at least 87 such attacks between President Obama taking office on 20 January 2009 and the end of June 2010.

More than 700 people have been killed in such attacks under Mr Obama, compared with slightly fewer than 200 from under his predecessor, George W Bush.

The militant backlash over the same period has been even more violent. Extremists have struck more than 140 times in various Pakistani locations, killing more than 1,700 people and injuring hundreds more, the BBC research shows.

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