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Obama’s Numbers On Civilian Deaths By Drones Are Challenged by Human Rights Groups

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Drone flying by the full moon, FILE

An unmanned U.S. Predator drone flies over Kandahar Air Field, southern Afghanistan, on a moon-lit night.

Kirsty Wigglesworth

On Friday, the U.S. government announced that it killed between 64 and 116 “non-combatants” in 473 counterterrorism strikes in areas outside of Afghanistan. The civilian killings in Libya, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia occurred between January 2009 and the end of 2015. 

But many researchers and human rights observers challenge those figures. They say the number of deaths could be up to six times as high.

Chris Woods is a London-based investigative journalist. He heads up the Airwars project, a “collaborative, not-for-profit transparency project aimed both at tracking and archiving the international air war against Islamic State and other groups, in both Iraq and Syria.” He gives us the case that challenges the Obama administration’s numbers. 

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