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Study: Pakistanis Support US Drone Strikes

Study: Pakistanis Support US Drone Strikes
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By    |   Wednesday, 18 May 2016 10:28 PM

The hundreds of drone attacks on Pakistani targets by the CIA since 2004 have not led to widespread anger toward the United States, according to the results of a study.

Professor Aqil Shah interviewed nearly 150 interviews of displaced residents from North Waziristan, a section of Pakistan that has received the most drone strikes. The data Shah collected for The Washington Post showed the vast majority of people supported the strikes and were not inspired by the collateral damage and civilian deaths that some say come with drone strikes to join a terror group.

Seventy-nine percent of those surveyed said they endorsed the use of drones. Sixty-four percent, meanwhile, believed drone strikes accurately targeted enemy militants.

Shah also addressed the claim that says the family of someone killed in a drone strike must take revenge per the code of Pashtunwali. His findings show that less than 15 percent of people surveyed believe in taking revenge.

President Barack Obama said last month that drone strikes have led to civilian casualties and the administration is now "very cautious" when it comes to picking targets and executing an attack.

"In situations of war, you know, we have to take responsibility when we're not acting appropriately," Obama said.

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