Syria: Next Chapter of U.S. Shadow War in Middle East
For 12 years strong, US running “counterinsurgency air force” for allies
September 6, 2013
While the world’s focus is centered on the G-20 Summit and Obama attempting to make his case to justify a war with Syria, the US military is still covertly fighting a 12-year old war in the Middle East and now parts of Africa.
According to the BBC, an estimated six more militants were killed overnight in Pakistan after two missiles were fired at a house in North Waziristan, near Afghanistan. While the strike managed to take out a senior commander of the Taliban-linked Haqqani militant network, reports also confirm an undisclosed number of civilian casualties.
The strike is the second this week in Pakistan, adding to the list of 322 drone strikes authorized by Obama. Statistics from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism reveal an estimated 2,513-3,595 were killed, including 407-926 civilians and 168-200 children from 2004-13.
Since the war began, following the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, the US has been utilizing the covert drone program in eight different countries.
These countries include:
Syria may be added to the list next.
From 2002-13, nearly 60 drone strikes have been confirmed, killing an estimated 268-393 people, including 21-58 civilians and five children. Remember, these are the number of confirmed strikes and deaths, the death toll is projected to be much higher.