U.S. Air Force Stops Reporting Data On Afghanistan Drone Strikes

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Sameera Ehteram
U.S. military has said that it had removed data about air strikes carried out by unmanned planes in Afghanistan from its monthly air power summaries.

Afghanistan Drone Strikes

U.S. military has said that it had removed data about air strikes carried out by unmanned planes in Afghanistan from its monthly air power summaries.

The reason given was that the date was "disproportionately focused" on the use of weapons by the remotely piloted aircraft as it was published only when strikes were carried out - which happened during only 3 percent of sorties. Most missions were for reconnaissance, it said.

U.S. President Barack Obama's administration has increasingly used drones to target al Qaeda-linked militants overseas.

Civilian casualties from drone strikes have raised ethical concerns and angered local populations, creating tension between the United States and Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The statement said the decision to stop reporting the drone strikes was taken with the International Security Assistance Force - the NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan.

"Protecting civilians remains at the very core of AFCENT's (Air Force Central Command's) mission," the report said."The use of all AFCENT aerial weapons are tightly restricted, meticulously planned, carefully supervised and coordinated, and applied by only qualified and authorized personnel."

With all the controversy the drone strikes have been getting, the consequences of the recent steps remain to be seen. It’s not like the wiping of the data will wipe away the act as well. It is quite late for that any way.

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