Classified documents: 1 in 4 CIA drone victims were unidentified
A review of classified U.S. intelligence documents has revealed that “the CIA did not always know” the identities of people it targeted and killed in assassination drone strikes in Pakistan.
According to an exclusive NBC News report, the Central Intelligence Agency, which operates the vast majority of drone strikes in Pakistan, could not confirm the identities of about a quarter of people it killed by unmanned aircraft over a 14-month period between 2010 and 2011.
The CIA would instead classify those targets as “other militants,” a term used to describe individuals whose affiliation the spy agency could not identify but would kill them anyway.
The findings, however significant, are not exactly new as a number of investigations have previously concluded that U.S. officials were vastly underestimating the civilian casualties of CIA drone strikes.
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