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Drone Strikes Raise Specter of Lives We Grieve and Lives We Don’t


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Drone Strikes Raise Specter of Lives We Grieve and Lives We Don’t

Uzair J. Kayani, Sikander Shah

President Obama announced last month that a drone strike in Pakistan in January killed two Western hostages: Warren Weinstein, an American, and Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian. The White House promised compensation to their families.

This is the first time that the U.S. government has committed to compensate civilian victims of drone strikes in Pakistan. But with hundreds of Pakistani civilians killed over the years, including up to 200 children according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, it’s hardly the first time drone strikes have caused civilian deaths.