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Tracking America’s Drone War

Since 2002, armed drones have become an increasingly important element of U.S. national security policy. This project – which will be updated regularly – documents drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.

About this database

This project relies in large part on data provided by Foundation for Defense of Democracies' Long War Journal and New America Foundation's Counterterrorism Strategy Initiative, each of which aggregates strike information based on credible news reports. The Washington Post has supplemented the data with information about more recent strikes. In most cases, the record for each strike includes links to related news reports; in cases in which there were multiple strikes on the same day in the same area, only one set of news reports is cited. When possible, the database includes the names of prominent militant leaders killed in individual strikes. The database does not include the exact number of those killed, given widespread discrepancies in various accounts and the difficulty of confirming reported tolls. By some estimates, the number of militants and civilians killed in the drone campaign over the past 10 years will soon exceed 3,000.

View the full database here.


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