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Iranian academic says US drone warfare, war in disguise


An Iranian academic says US assassination drone attacks across the Muslim world are given inexcusably scant attention in media, describing the drone warfare as a war in disguise indeed.

In an article entitled Killer Drones and Obama’s Invisible War and published on Press TV website on Thursday, Iranian author and Middle East expert Dr. Ismail Salami wrote that US drone attacks are meant to lull American public who are manifestly fed up with their government’s military interventions on the one hand and to vindicate their gory policies through a mechanism of invisibility on the other.

“Contrary to their claims that the drones are only used to wipe out the al-Qaeda elements in different parts of the Muslim world, their strikes have however proven to kill civilians. Women and children are unfortunately among the routine victims of their ‘targeted’ assassinations,” Salami said.

He further stated that reports clearly indicate the number of US drone attacks on Muslim countries has increased tremendously since President Barack Obama took office in 2009.

The Iranian academic also made a reference to facts and figures released by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, stating that Obama has launched over 390 covert drone strikes in his first five years in office and thousands of civilians have been killed in the strikes.

“By all standards, Obama is a brazen criminal and those who collude with him in perpetrating these acts of atrocity are no better. All of them are indeed under the watchful eyes of God and they shall meet their dismal reckoning,” Salami commented.

He also expressed regret over cooperation of certain governments, including Pakistan and Yemen, with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) over done strikes.

Over the past years, Washington has regularly used the unmanned aerial vehicles for attacks and spying in several Muslim countries including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen.

Last October, Human Rights Watch said US killer drone strikes in Yemen have led to the death of many civilians over the past years in a blatant violation of international law.

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