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US Drone War in Pakistan: Investigations

This database was developed by Maliha Ali '15 at Bennington College, as a resource for fact-checking and archiving the claims, research and data about US drone policy and its impact in Pakistan and beyond.

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Drone strikes in Pakistan

Datasets, news updates, investigative projects and podcasts from The Bureau of Investigative Journalism.


Reprieve - Drones

Legal case histories, investigations and press releases by international human rights NGO Reprieve.

The Foundation for Fundamental Rights

The Foundation for Fundamental Rights

Drone-related litigation and press releases by FFR which is an organisation of attorneys and socially active individuals working towards the advancement, protection and enforcement of fundamental human rights.

Forensic Architecture

Drone Strikes - Forensic Architecture

We provided this analysis to different groups seeking accountability for drone strikes, or involved in pursuing legal processes against states using or aiding drone warfare. The research was used in a multiplicity of forums: it was provided to Shahzad Akbar of the Foundation for Fundamental Rights in Pakistan who is litigating the Datta Khel strike on behalf of the family of one of the victims; it also constitutes part of an international investigation by Ben Emmerson, the UN Special Rapporteur on Counter Terrorism and Human Rights (UN SRCT) on drone warfare in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, and Palestine, and was presented as part of his interim report to the UN General Assembly in New York on October 25, 2013. Other groups with whom we worked closely in developing the research, as well as disseminating it, include B’Tselem (Israel/Palestine) and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (UK).

United Nations

UN SRCT Drone Inquiry

The Special Rapporteur began an inquiry in January 2013 with the aim of evaluating allegations that the use of remotely piloted aircraft, or drones, in extraterritorial lethal counter-terrorism operations (including in the context of asymmetrical armed conflict) has resulted in disproportionate levels of civilian casualties, and to make recommendations concerning the duty of States to conduct independent and impartial investigations.

Drone U

Drone U

Welcome to Drone U. Learn more about the social, political, and legal implications of drone technology here. Check back every two weeks for new speakers and content. Drone U was founded by Nabiha Syed and Timothy Reuter and is produced in cooperation with the New America Foundation‘s Open Technology Institute.

The New America Foundation

Drone Wars Pakistan: Analysis | The International Security Program

The purpose of this database is to provide as much information as possible about the covert U.S. drone program in Pakistan in the absence of any such transparency on the part of the American government. This data was collected from credible news reports and is presented here with the relevant sources. Updated after every drone strike.

The Long War Journal

Charting the data for US airstrikes in Pakistan, 2004 – 2015

The charts look at: 1) the number of US airstrikes inside Pakistan per year; 2) civilian casualties vs. Taliban/al Qaeda casualties; 3) the distribution of strikes over time by tribal agencies; 4) the overall distribution of strikes, by tribal agencies; 5) the distribution of strikes over time by territories targeted; 6) the overall distribution of strikes, by territories targeted; and 7) the number of high value targets killed in territories managed by individual Taliban commanders. Created by Bill Roggio at The Long War Journal.

The New York Times

Predator Drones and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)

News and highlights about predator drones and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times.

Guardian US

Drones (military) | World news | The Guardian

A collection of all archived breaking news, news analysis and videos about military drones at the Guardian US.

Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College