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October 29th, 2009
12:40 PM ET

Pakistan drone war takes a toll on militants - and civilians

Pakistani soldier patrols military logistics route out of South Waziristan on October 24.

Pakistani soldier patrols military logistics route out of South Waziristan on October 24.

Peter Bergen and Katherine Tiedemann
Special to CNN

The Obama administration has dramatically ratcheted up the American drone warfare program in Pakistan. Since President Obama took office, U.S. drone strikes have killed about a half-dozen militant leaders along with hundreds of other people, a quarter of whom were civilians.

As a result of the unprecedented 42 strikes by drone aircraft into Pakistan authorized by the Obama administration, aimed at Taliban and al Qaeda networks based there, about a half-dozen leaders of militant organizations have been killed.

The dead include two heads of Uzbek terrorist groups allied with al Qaeda and Baitullah Mehsud, the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, in addition to hundreds of lower-level militants and civilians, according to our analysis.

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