Pakistanis Suing CIA For Deaths From Drone Attacks

Friday, December 10, 2010

Tribesmen of Pakistani North Waziristan hold a banner as they take part in a protest against US drone attacks in front of parliament in Islamabad on December 9, 2010. (FAROOQ NAEEM/AFP/Getty)

In Pakistan, the Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIViC) is calling on the U.S. to acknowledge the number of civilians killed by drone attacks. According to the group, about 1,000 civilians have died in drone-related attacks; the U.S. says few civilians have been killed. We talk with the BBC's Aleem Maqbool, in Islamabad, for more on this story.

We asked the CIA about the accusation; a CIA spokesperson sent us this statement:

Without commenting on legal action that may be underway in foreign courts, the CIA’s counterterrorism operations—which are now as aggressive as ever—are precise, lawful, and effective.  The agency’s goal is to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups that remain determined to attack the United States and our allies.

Guests:

Aleem Maqbool

Produced by:

Rupert Allman and Arwa Gunja

Comments [1]

Zofeen Ebrahim from Karachi

Is it possible to give me the name and contact of the CIA spokesperson I can speak to for a similar story I'm doing here from pakistan?

Dec. 14 2010 01:10 AM

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