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US seeks drone strikes in Niger – Reprieve comment

By October 26, 2017 No Comments

The Trump Administration is seeking to use armed drones in Niger, according to reports.

Commenting, Maya Foa, director of the human rights organization Reprieve, said:

“Extending covert drone strikes to yet another country where the US is not at war will do nothing to make Americans safer. Secret US strikes and special forces raids have killed hundreds of innocents, destroyed communities and damaged the local structures that could have tackled terrorism in some of the poorest countries in the world.

“US drones have proved to be neither well-targeted nor precise. In Pakistan and Yemen, for example, in attempting to take out 41 men, the US killed 1,147 unknown people. President Trump’s administration must urgently change course, before more lives are lost.”

 

Notes to Editors:

1. Reprieve is an international human rights organization. Reprieve’s London office can be contacted on: media@reprieve.org.uk, or +44 (0)207 553 8140.

2. The Trump Administration’s proposals to use armed drones in Niger have been reported by NBC and CNN.

3. In 2014, Reprieve’s research into covert US drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen found that in attempts to kill 41 named individuals, the US killed 1,147 unknown men, women and children – often leaving the original target unharmed. That report can be read at the Reprieve website, here.

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