‘Military Age Males’ in US Drone Strikes

“It’s not about me. It’s about every civilian who has been killed in Waziristan.” These are the words of Faheem Qureshi, speaking to The Guardian in 2016. Faheem was one of the first casualties in President Obama’s drone campaign when, seven years before, on 23 January, 2009, his family home in North Waziristan was hit […]

Drone Warfare, Heroism, and Masculinity: Examining the Pilots’ Perspectives

‘I wanted to be a hero, but I don’t feel like a hero.’ These were the words of Brandon Bryant, a former staff sergeant in the US Air Force who worked as a sensory operator and imagery analyst for Predator drones between 2005 to 2011. It is a sentence filled with the pathos of war, […]

Two UN reports urge for more transparency in the use of drones

Two major UN expert reports published earlier this week address the controversy of drone strikes and call for an increase in transparency in the treatment of civilian casualties. In the first of the set of reports, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, Christof Heyns, calls for end of the international secrecy surrounding who owns armed drones, how […]

Sami Zubeiri

Sami Zubeiri is a Pakistani journalist who worked at AFP for 35 years. In 1979, he broke the news of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Since then, he has covered many of the major events in Pakistan and Afghanistan, including the execution of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the hijacking of Pan Am Flight 73 in 1986, […]

Ben Emmerson

Ben Emmerson United Nations Special Rapporteur on Counterterrorism The Special Rapporteur for Counterterrorism was appointed by the Human Rights Council in 2005 to promote and protect fundamental human rights threated during counterterrorism operations. At the start of this year Ben Emmerson was tasked with conducting an investigation into targeted killings in drone strikes in Afghanistan, […]

Chris Woods

Chris Woods Journalist Chris Woods is a journalist at the Bureau of Investigative Journalists. He has lead a two year investigation into the secret drone war in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. Their work has included project has maintained a frequently cited database of strikes, exposed how people have been stripped of British citizenship before being […]

Ibrahim Mothana

Ibrahim Mothana Blogger Ibrahim Mothana is a young Yemeni activist and blogger who has written extensively on the impact of US drone strikes in Yemen. He has written an Op-Ed piece for the New York Times detailing growing anti-Americanism in Yemen and was invited to testify before a US Senate sub-committee examining the legality and […]