From Bad to Worse: Are US Drone Strikes Helping ISIL Recruit More Fighters?

Saturday, November 21, 2015
By Paul Martin

US drone strikes not only kill many innocent civilians as a result of collateral damage, but also have lead to a greater number of people joining the ranks of ISIL, according to the German newspaper Die Zeit.

Four former US pilots wrote an open letter to President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and CIA Head John Brennan asking them to stop the US drone program since it causes more people to join ISIL and other terrorist organizations, the German newspaper said.

US drone strikes are nothing, but a “program of the recruitment of new terrorists,” the pilots said in the letter, Die Zeit reported.

It’s a well-documented fact that drone strikes, apart from their primary targets, kill a lot of innocent bystanders. For example, US drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen might have “mistakenly” killed close to 1,200 innocent civilians between 2002 and 2014, the UK human rights organization Reprieve said in November of 2014.

The US government certainly failed to deliver to on its promises after President Obama claimed in 2012 that the drone strikes were extremely precise and didn’t kill civilians.

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