January was the first month without a drone strike in Pakistan since Dec. 2011

By End the Lie

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January marked the first month without any reported drone strikes in Pakistan since December 2011, according to a report.

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The last reported drone strike was on Dec. 25, 2013, 40 days ago, according to The Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

That strike targeted a compound and killed at least three suspected militants, according to AFP.

The cause of the pause in strikes is not yet clear, but the number of strikes dropped significantly last year, according to Bureau findings.

In 2013, the longest gap between strikes was 42 days, between April 17 and May 29, 2013. That pause was broken with the strike that killed Wali Ur Rehman.

That gap was a little bit more understandable, as the Bureau points out, since it coincided with the general election in Pakistan. The drone issue was a major campaigning point in the election.

“Breaks in the campaign in the past have usually reflected a deterioration in diplomatic relations between the US and Pakistan,” the Bureau reports.

Before that break, the only month-long break was in December 2011 when U.S.-Pakistan relations were especially strained. That pause was broken after Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made calls to senior Pakistani officials, according to Reuters.

Reza Jan of the American Enterprise Institute said that the current pause may be due to the CIA being more “judicious” with its strikes.

Yet Jan said it is also possible that “requests have come across from the Pakistanis to the Americans to hold off on strikes.”

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One Response to January was the first month without a drone strike in Pakistan since Dec. 2011

  1. Jay Kenney February 4, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    I appreciate the CIA’s “more judicious decisions” about drone strikes, but I don’t trust them any further than I can drop kick my house. I fully expect them to begin a flurry of strikes in the near future.

    A personal irony about this current pause. Last drone strike was on 12/25/14. X-Mass. I flew a B52 combat mission from Guam to Cambodia; Easter Sunday, 1973. Somehow, the chaplain’s pre-mission Easter prayer didn’t ring true.

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