US drone strikes could be classed as war<quoted text>
Kindly compare the number of wars that Obama has engaged in vs Bush
0 vs 2
crimes, says Amnesty International
Joint report with Human Rights Watch judges US attacks in Yemen
and Pakistan to have broken international human rights law
US officials responsible for the secret CIA drone campaign against
suspected terrorists in Pakistan may have committed war crimes
and should stand trial, a report by a leading human rights group
warns. Amnesty International has highlighted the case of a
grandmother who was killed while she was picking vegetables and
other incidents which could have broken international laws
designed to protect civilians.
The report is issued in conjunction with an investigation by
Human Rights Watch detailing missile attacks in Yemen which the
group believes could contravene the laws of armed conflict,
international human rights law and Barack Obama's own
guidelines on drones.
The reports are being published while Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan's
prime minister, is in Washington. Sharif has promised to tell
Obama that the drone strikes – which have caused outrage in
Pakistan – must end.
Getting to the bottom of individual strikes is exceptionally difficult
in the restive areas bordering Afghanistan, where thousands of
militants have settled. People are often terrified of speaking out,
fearing retribution from both militants and the state, which is
widely suspected of colluding with the CIA-led campaign.