Nearly 90 percent of those killed in recent U.S. drone strikes were unintended targets, states documentation revealed a year ago. This is from the Drone Papers, arguably the most important national security revelation of 2015, as it shows U.S. war crimes in civilian deaths and unveils secretive drone warfare that even today many incorrectly assume is a surgically accurate method of mostly only killing “terrorists.”
During one five-month period of the operation, according to the documents, nearly 90 percent of the people killed in airstrikes were not the intended targets. In Yemen and Somalia, where the U.S. has far more limited intelligence capabilities to confirm the people killed are the intended targets, the equivalent ratios may well be much worse.
While government officials claim the drone strikes are accurate and rarely harm innocent civilians, strikes can kill or injure anyone in the area, even if they are only meant to kill a targeted individual.