As the U.S. continues to place importance on the escalating conflict surrounding Syria, less attention and priority has been placed on Pakistan. The number of drone strikes in Pakistan has decreased rapidly in 2015, to their lowest level in eight years. According to a recent report, the U.S. only launched 13 drone attacks in 2015. That number has been declining since the peak of operations in 2010, when the state launched 128 attacks that year. This was followed by a decline with 75 in 2011, 50 in 2012, 27 in 2013, and 24 attacks launched in 2014.
When it comes to the drone program, some argue that it has caused more harm than good. This is because of the tremendous amount of collateral damage that gets inflicted with each strike. Drone strikes are highly inefficient, in that roughly 90 percent of those killed are innocent. Former drone operators themselves have even publicly admitted that the program helps to recruit terrorists, thus working against its objective to quell terrorism. “We kill four and create 10 [militants],...If you kill someone's father, uncle or brother who had nothing to do with anything, their families are going to want revenge,” says former Air Force Staff Sgt. and drone pilot, Brandon Bryant.
According to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, they believe that the reason for the shift in drone strike attention, has been partially due to resources. Resources have been stretched by an increase in strikes in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. The Bureau works to keep track of the CIA's drone war on an annual basis. According to official data, drone strikes have resulted in the deaths of thousands of innocent people just in Pakistan alone, with many of them young being children and infants.
Since its inception over a decade ago, the U.S. has spent trillions of dollars on the war on terror. That number continues to grow every single day that the U.S. continues with its destructive foreign policy. The conflict in Syria continues to worsen and the U.S. has made it clear that they aren't intent on leaving until Assad steps down.
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