Letters to the Editor

All Points: The civilian toll of drone warfare

The 11-year-old U.S. drone warfare program against terrorists near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border drew renewed criticism recently after the White House announced that two hostages of al Qaeda, one an American, had died in a January strike. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism estimates that between 2,500 and 3,950 people have been killed by drone-launched missiles since 2004, including between 420 and 960 civilians. Are the unintended deaths of innocents something we should expect as a price of fighting terrorists in this way, or should we choose other methods such as sending in ground troops?

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