An internal report conducted by the Pakistani government and obtained by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism puts the number of civilians killed in the country by CIA drone strikes at 147. That number is much higher than the U.S. government’s official count of civilian deaths.
Of those civilians killed, 94 are said to be children, according to the report.
The numbers recorded in the report are far higher than the 50 or so “non-combatants” reported by the U.S. government to have died in CIA drone missions in Pakistan. In June, CIA Director John Brennan described claims of larger-scale civilian deaths as “intentional misrepresentations.”
The document, which the Bureau says it obtained from three separate sources, outlines 75 separate CIA drone strikes between 2006 and late 2009, and details the casualties in many of the attacks.
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