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Drones from the Other Side | MichaelMoore.com.

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has launched an ambitious new project aiming to identify as many as possible of those killed by CIA drOnes in Pakistan.namedead

It has launched a dedicated website – www.thebureauinvestigates.com/namingthedead – which will list the known names of those reported killed by drones together with as much biographical information as can be gathered.

At launch, the Bureau is publishing in English and Urdu the names of over 550 people – both militants and civilians. This list will grow in the future.

Of the named individuals:
  • 295 are civilians, including 95 children
  • 255 are alleged militants – of whom 74 are classed as senior commanders
  • Just two are women

Naming the Dead builds on the Bureau’s two-year project tracking drone strikes in Pakistan and the numbers of people reportedly killed. This extensive research has found that at least 2,500 people have reportedly been killed, including at least 400 civilians. But almost nothing is known about the identities of these casualties.

The Obama administration has claimed that drones are a highly precise weapon that target al Qaeda and affiliated groups, while causing almost no civilian harm. But it does not publish its own account of who it believes has been killed. By gaining a clearer understanding of who is dying in drone strikes the Bureau aims to inform the debate around the effectiveness of the US’s use of drones – and around this rapidly evolving weapons system.

Based at City University London, the Bureau works in collaboration with other groups to get its investigations published and distributed. Since its foundation the Bureau has  worked with BBC File On Four, BBC Panorama, BBC Newsnight, Channel 4 Dispatches, Channel 4 News, al Jazeera English, the Independent, the Financial Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Times, Le Monde, mediapart, the Guardian, the Independent, the Daily Mirror, the Observer and the Daily Mirror. 
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