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#225169 - 06/08/12 09:09 AM Drone attacks create terrorist safe havens
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FULL TITLE: Drone attacks create terrorist safe havens, warns former CIA official

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A former top terrorism official at the CIA has warned that President Barack Obama's controversial drone programme is far too indiscriminate in hitting targets and could lead to such political instability that it creates terrorist safe havens.

Obama's increased use of drones to attack suspected Islamic militants in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen has become one of the most controversial aspects of his national security policy. He has launched at least 275 strikes in Pakistan alone; a rate of attack that is far higher than his predecessor George W Bush.

Defenders of the policy say it provides a way of hitting high-profile targets, such as al-Qaida number two, Abu Yahya al-Libi. But critics say the definition of militant is used far too broadly and there are too many civilian casualties.
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#225206 - 06/08/12 04:57 PM Re: Drone attacks create terrorist safe havens [Re: pdx rick]
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I think the author is confusing cause and effect: Drones are used in areas where terrorist groups are operating freely already, and no government controls. Isn't that the definition of "terrorist haven"? Isn't that why Al Queda has kept its leadership in either Afghanistan or Pakistan for the last 12+ years, even though their members are mostly not Pakistani or Afghan?

If they were at a known location in an area a government controlled (IE. NOT a terrorist haven), then that government would be able to arrest or kill them without any need for multi-million dollar drones.

I do agree with the author's premise that attacks should not be made just because they spot a young man walking around with an AK47. From what I have read, it some parts of Yemen and Western Pakistan lots of young men are armed at all times, precisely because those are lawless regions.

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