The propaganda behind Obama’s drone war   Leave a comment

The propaganda push behind Obama’s drone war. And Somalia – where being a journalist can cost you your life.

It has been one of the worst-kept secrets of the Obama administration – the aggressive campaign of drone strikes against suspected militants hiding out in the tribal areas of Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. According to the London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism, under President Barack Obama there have been a total of 280 drone strikes on Pakistan alone and the civilian death toll has been anywhere from 482 to 832. The Obama administration puts this figure at just 60. In our News Divide this week we analyse what is behind the difference in the casualty figures the US government reports and what investigative journalists have found on the ground.

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