As the world is on hold due to pandemic, drone wars are continuing

„The USA does not seem to understand that the railroads built by the Chinese with some financing from Japan connecting Mombasa in Kenya to Central Africa (Uganda and Rwanda among others) and to Ethiopia (Addis Ababa and further) are one thousand times more important for the world, and particularly Africa, than one thousand US drones in Yemen and 60 Tomahawk missiles in Syria, thirty-six of which were hi-jacked by Russian military hackers and never reached their target“, wrote recently Jacques Coulardeau in his quirky article reflecting on global politics.

 „The show of strength turns into a farcical vaudeville that kills quite a few collateral victims who have asked nothing“, he writes.

Although Coulardeau criticized U.S. president Donald Trump, it seems that Trump is at least trying to end some of the endless wars U.S. is waging in the Middle East, but this is harder said than done.

The United States began withdrawing troops from Afghanistan but the coronavirus pandemic, chaos in the Kabul government and continuing attacks by the Taliban have thrown U.S. plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan into confusion.

Due to the virus, there is temporary halt to American troops entering and leaving Afghanistan.

However, while the US is trying to go out of Afghanistan, drone war is still raging in the Middle East, despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Reuters published on 30th March 2020 that the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi group in Yemen carried out several air strikes on Monday on the capital Sanaa, witnesses and media said, killing dozens of horses at a military school.

On the same day, Intelligencebriefs.com reported that an airstrike conducted by U.S. military near Buulo Fuulay village, Bay region of Somalia killed two extremists of the Al-Qaeda aligned, Al-Shabaab militant group.

As the world is on hold due to coronavirus pandemic, drone strikes are happening in Africa and Asia.

According to the Bureau of investigative journalist, in 2020 they have recorded five drone strikes in Afghanistan.

This is just a continuation of a trend started way back in 2001, and some of these air strikes weren’t justified.

As foreignpolicy.com writes, as the United States prepares to leave, thousands of killings remain unprobed, and Washington refuses to talk about them.

Ordinary Afghans say it has happened to them many times and never—not once—has it made news anywhere outside Afghanistan.

Last November, an American Reaper drone targeted a group of villagers in the mountainous area of Afghanistan’s southeastern province of Paktia and killed seven of them. Paktia has long been home to Taliban militants, but local residents say all the victims were civilians, including three women and one child.

They had gone to the remote area to graze their cattle and collect wood. Suddenly, they were dead.

“Nobody wants to listen to us. I doubt that the murderers will face justice one day. God is our only hope,” said Mohammad Anwar, a resident of Zazai Aryub, a district in Paktia.

The perpetrators he is talking about are sitting far away in one of the many U.S. military bases where drone operators are working from.

“We are like ants for them,” said Islam Khan, a resident of Paktia. “The murderers need to face a trial. If it’s not happening, it just reveals that the Western world does not care about the Afghans they are murdering.”

According to Lisa Ling, a former drone technician with the U.S. military in Afghanistan, civilian casualties caused by drone strikes must be investigated and regarded as war crimes. “I think that every strike where community leaders speak out and tell us that we are killing their civilians should be thoroughly investigated by the ICC [International Criminal Court] and the international community should listen,” she told Foreign Policy via Signal.

Ling, who has become a whistleblower and staunch critic of drone attacks, believes that “this kind of warfare is wrong on so many levels” and that the United States cannot “fight terror with terror.”

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