A nightmare is coming true for the United States with human rights groups now alleging the country's drone strikes may amount to war crimes. CBC News from Canada reported on Oct. 22, 2013, "U.S. drone strikes may amount to war crimes, report finds." According to two human rights groups that released reports this week, drone attacks in Pakistan and Yemen against alleged terrorists have killed innocent civilians instead and have violated international laws.
Amnesty International has said the cases which it has investigated could even amount to war crimes. Both Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch are calling for investigations into the attacks. In a 97-page report released on Tuesday, Human Rights Watch has examined six incidents, most using armed drones, which occurred between 2009 to 2013. At least 57 civilians have died because of the drone strikes, which resulted in the deaths of 82 people.
Letta Tayler, one of the authors of the Human Rights Watch report said, "Two of the six cases that we examined in my report show that the U.S. indiscriminately killed civilians. This is a clear violation of international law, even if it was not the U.S. intent. If it indiscriminately killed it should be held responsible." Tayler has said Yemenis have said these drone strikes make them fear the U.S. as much as they fear Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
According to the report, in these attacks civilians were killed indiscriminately, illegitimate military objectives were targeted and there were disproportionate civilian deaths. The U.S. government has been accused of using "an overly elastic definition of a fighter who may be lawfully attacked during an armed conflict."
RT News from Russia has reported, "US may be guilty of war crimes over drone use." A report by Amnesty International says U.S. officials who have been responsible for carrying out drone strikes may have to stand trial for war crimes. The report states, “Amnesty International is seriously concerned that these and other strikes have resulted in unlawful killings that may constitute extrajudicial executions or war crimes.” These accusations are a very serious matter which should be investigated further as the United States now gains a reputation as a criminal nation by people worldwide.