Marking the five-year anniversary of Obama’s drone wars

Anti-war protesters display an effigy of an attack drone in front of the White House in Washington,

On Jan. 23, 2009, Barack Obama launched his first drone strike three days into his presidency, reportedly killing at least nine civilians in North Waziristan. Over the past five years, the Obama administration has escalated the military operation of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, despite the controversy over their use.

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, which has steadily tracked U.S. drone strikes, says that attacks under the Obama administration have killed more than 2,400 people. According to their analysis, the number of drone strikes under Obama is eight times as much as the number of strikes launched during the Bush presidency.

U.S. drone strikes have been criticized by human rights groups and the United Nations, and are widely opposed across the world.

Some defend their use, and say that the devices can bring a new level of efficiency to U.S. counterterrorism efforts.
The debate often continues online, where many regularly debate the efficacy and morality of drones.

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