These killings are routinely carried out by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or ‘drones.’
A vast escalation of the deployment of such drones has taken place under the Obama administration. A recent ACLU finding estimates that, since 2002, as many as 4,000 people have died in U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.
A significant number of the victims are civilians.
Now Habib Rahman has begun legal proceedings against the Ministry of Defense (MoD) and the Serious Organized Crime Agency (SOCA) to find out whether Britain had a role in supplying information to a U.S. military joint integrated prioritized target list (JIPTL) in Afghanistan.
Rahman’s lawyers expect this legal challenge to force officials to open up about─
A detailed study of the [Kabul] incident by the Afghanistan Analysts Network, a research group, contradicted the official [U.S./NATO] account that claimed a man in a convoy whose name was Muhammad Amin had been traveling with “insurgents” and he was, according to the U.S. military, a “Taliban commander.” The author of the study said Muhammad Amin was tracked down after the incident and proven to be still alive.
Solicitors’ letters to the MoD and the Serious Organized Crime Agency suggest that Britain’s contribution raises several concerns ─ particularly in cases where international humanitarian laws protecting civilians and non-combatants may have been broken. In a Guardian interview, Rosa Curling of the solicitors Leigh Day and Co said ─
United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Killings, Summary or Arbitrary Executions, Christof Heyns, at a June ACLU conference in Geneva said, “[U.S. President Barack] Obama’s attacks in Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere, carried out by the CIA, would encourage other states to flout decades-long established human rights norms.” Christof Heyns went on to say that ─
Radio Netherlands Worldwide, The State We're In - Extrajudicial killings: a case history, rnw.nl
Post Noon, http://postnoon.com/2012/04/01/rapped-for-extrajudicial-killings/40968
Press TV 'Civilians make up over 90% of casualties in US drone strikes in Pakistan', July 18, 2011, http://presstv.com/usdetail/189661.html
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