US drone strikes more deadly to Afghan civilians than manned aircraft

Just Foreign Policy

Study focusing on one year of conflict contradicts claims that robotic planes are more precise than manned counterparts

Spencer Ackerman, The Guardian, July 2, 2013

New York – A study conducted by a US military adviser has found that drone strikes in Afghanistan during a year of the protracted conflict caused 10 times more civilian casualties than strikes by manned fighter aircraft.

The new study, referred to in an official US military journal, contradicts claims by US officials that the robotic planes are more precise than their manned counterparts.

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