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Report documents civilians killed by Obama's five-year drone war

On January 23, 2009, three days after Barack Obama took office, a U.S. missile strike killed at least nine civilians in North Waziristan. According to a report by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, Obama’s secret drone campaign has killed more than 2,400 people in several countries. Two hundred and seventy three of the dead were civilians, including children. The report also found that “across Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, the Obama administration has launched more than 390 drone strikes in the five years since the first attack…eight times as many as were launched in the entire Bush presidency.” Jack Serle, a reporter for the London-based, Bureau of Investigative Journalism and one of the authors of the report joins us to discuss the human cost of President Obama’s drone war. (PHOTO: June 6, 2012, Afghan villagers gather near a house destroyed in an apparent NATO [drone] raid in Logar province, south of Kabul, Afghanistan. AP Photo/Ihsanullah Majroh, File)

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