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Naming the Dead
The CIA has launched hundreds of drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal areas over the past 10 years. Thousands of people have died. The Bureau's Naming the Dead project aims to identify them.
The US administration says the drones target senior members of al Qaeda and affiliated groups. The strikes have killed several high-ranking fighters including the founder of the Pakistan Taliban, Baitullah Mehsud, his successor Hakimullah Mehsud, and al Qaeda second-in-command Abu Yahya al Libi. But the attacks have also killed scores of people identified as mid-level and junior fighters. At least 400 civilians are also reported to have been killed, many of them children.
Through Naming the Dead, the Bureau aims to increase the transparency of this campaign and to inform public debate on it. The Bureau's researchers gather names from open-source material including credible media reports, legal documents presented in court, academic studies and field investigations carried out by human rights groups.
The Bureau's casualty estimates are generated from extensive analysis of open source material, including thousands of news reports, combined with field investigations and leaked secret government documents.