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Civilian Drone Strikes Cited in Report
In the telling of some Amer­i­can of­fi­cials, the C.I.A. drone cam­paign in Pa­ki­stan has been a tri­umph with few down­sides: In more than 300 mis­sile at­tacks there since 2008, dozens of Qae­da and Tal­iban lead­ers have been killed, and the pace of the strikes, which of­fi­cials fre­quent­ly de­scribe as “sur­gi­cal” and “con­tained,” has dropped sharply over the past year. But viewed from Mi­ram Shah, the fron­tier Pa­ki­stani town that has be­come a vir­tual test lab­ora­tory for drone war­fare, the cam­paign has not been the anti­sep­tic salve por­trayed in Wash­ing­ton. In in­ter­views over the past year, res­i­dents paint a por­trait of ex­tend­ed ter­ror and strain with­in a tribal so­ci­ety caught be­tween vi­cious mil­i­tants and the Amer­i­can drones hunt­ing them. “The drones are like the an­gels of death,” said Nazeer Gul, a shop­keep­er in Mi­ram Shah. “On­ly they know when and where they will strike.”
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