Obama acknowledges civilian fatalities in drone strikes
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): President Barack Obama on Friday admitted that innocent civilians were killed at times in drone strikes in different parts of the world, but said caution was being exercised to avoid such fatalities.
At the end of a Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, the president told reporters: "I think there has been legitimate criticism that the legal architecture around the use of drone strikes or other kinetic strikes wasn't as precise as it should have been...”
CNN quoted Obama as saying civilians fatalities should not have been. Over the last several years, he said, the US had worked hard to prevent civilian casualties from drone attacks.
“In situations of war, we have to take responsibility when we are not acting appropriately or when we have made mistakes even with best of intentions,” the president argued.
The Obama administration was vehemently denounced in October 2015 when an AC-130 gunship struck a hospital in Afghanistan’s northern Kunduz province. The trauma centre was run by Doctors Without Borders.
The number of civilianfatalities resulting from drone attacks over the years is yet to be known, but the Bureau of Investigative Journalism estimates that close to 1,000 people have been killed in Pakistan alone.
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