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MARTIN: "U.S. officials claim CIA drone strikes in Pakistan have eliminated more than 500 terrorists over the past two years, while killing only 30 civilians. Impressive numbers, but there's no way to verify them because no one will officially admit the strikes are taking place."

 

A recent report written by special envoy Philip Alston and submitted to the U.N. condemns the CIA drone attacks in Pakistan, calling them "a license to kill" without the burden of accountability. Now many are questioning whether the drones are doing more more harm than good in the fight against terrorism.

 

We're looking at perspectives from The Global Report, Fox News, IPS and MSNBC.

 

While it is generally agreed that the drone attacks have been effective, there is still debate about whether it is because of the sheer number of people killed. A video from Globalreport.org shows an Australian military official who served in Iraq who reports a different death count than the official U.S. report states.

 

"According to Kilcullen, the missile strikes are creating more enemies than they eliminate. He told the comittee 'Since 2006, we've killed 14 al-Qaida leaders in drone strikes; in the same time period, we've killed 700 Pakistani civilians in the same area." (The Global Report)

 

But despite debates over the accuracy of the strikes, Fox News reports that never before has the military been so effective in eliminating key al-Qaida members.

 

SHEPARD SMITH: "One thing about the drone campaign that's been repeated often is that you can't collect intelligence when you shoot people from space or from the sky, BUT it did take out a mighty big leader."

 

HUNT: "Yes, it did, and this is a program that has received some blowback from Pakistani officials on whose territory many of these militants are being hunted down, but the Obama administration, according to the security experts we spoke to, clearly believe that political blowback is worth it."

 

Not everyone agrees. An IPS reporter says even CIA agents themselves are expressing opposition to the drone strikes because they fear the strikes are only aiding the enemy.

 

"...the drone strikes are being used effectively by al-Qaida and Taliban leaders to recruit more militants... Because the drone strikes kill innocent civilians and bystanders along with leaders... they 'infuriate the Muslim male'... making them more willing to join the movement."


But Matt Lewis tells MSNBC, the U.S. did not create the conflict.

 

MATT LEWIS: "Of course not. I think it's kind of insulting to compare CIA agents, who are doing a great job of taking out al-Qaida terrorists, with the terrorists themselves. ... Taking out these top al-Qaida officials using these drone attacks without risking American lives, and yet the liberals aren't happy with it."

 

So are the drone attacks creating a population with more reason to hate the United States? Or are they an effective tool in the fight against terrorism?

 

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U.N. Report: U.S. Drones Do More Harm than Good

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U.N. Report: U.S. Drones Do More Harm than Good

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MARTIN: "U.S. officials claim CIA drone strikes in Pakistan have eliminated more than 500 terrorists over the past two years, while killing only 30 civilians. Impressive numbers, but there's no way to verify them because no one will officially admit the strikes are taking place."

 

A recent report written by special envoy Philip Alston and submitted to the U.N. condemns the CIA drone attacks in Pakistan, calling them "a license to kill" without the burden of accountability. Now many are questioning whether the drones are doing more more harm than good in the fight against terrorism.

 

We're looking at perspectives from The Global Report, Fox News, IPS and MSNBC.

 

While it is generally agreed that the drone attacks have been effective, there is still debate about whether it is because of the sheer number of people killed. A video from Globalreport.org shows an Australian military official who served in Iraq who reports a different death count than the official U.S. report states.

 

"According to Kilcullen, the missile strikes are creating more enemies than they eliminate. He told the comittee 'Since 2006, we've killed 14 al-Qaida leaders in drone strikes; in the same time period, we've killed 700 Pakistani civilians in the same area." (The Global Report)

 

But despite debates over the accuracy of the strikes, Fox News reports that never before has the military been so effective in eliminating key al-Qaida members.

 

SHEPARD SMITH: "One thing about the drone campaign that's been repeated often is that you can't collect intelligence when you shoot people from space or from the sky, BUT it did take out a mighty big leader."

 

HUNT: "Yes, it did, and this is a program that has received some blowback from Pakistani officials on whose territory many of these militants are being hunted down, but the Obama administration, according to the security experts we spoke to, clearly believe that political blowback is worth it."

 

Not everyone agrees. An IPS reporter says even CIA agents themselves are expressing opposition to the drone strikes because they fear the strikes are only aiding the enemy.

 

"...the drone strikes are being used effectively by al-Qaida and Taliban leaders to recruit more militants... Because the drone strikes kill innocent civilians and bystanders along with leaders... they 'infuriate the Muslim male'... making them more willing to join the movement."


But Matt Lewis tells MSNBC, the U.S. did not create the conflict.

 

MATT LEWIS: "Of course not. I think it's kind of insulting to compare CIA agents, who are doing a great job of taking out al-Qaida terrorists, with the terrorists themselves. ... Taking out these top al-Qaida officials using these drone attacks without risking American lives, and yet the liberals aren't happy with it."

 

So are the drone attacks creating a population with more reason to hate the United States? Or are they an effective tool in the fight against terrorism?

 

Get more multi-source news from Newsy.com.

 

WRITER: Krysta Brown

PRODUCER: Newsy Staff

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