4 June, 2010 17:24

“Some CIA operators are concerned that, because of the blow back from drone strikes effect, it is doing more harm than good,” said Jeffrey Addicott, former legal adviser to U.S. Special Forces and director of the Centre for Terrorism Law at St Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, in an interview with IPS. […] Because the drone strikes kill innocent civilians and bystanders along with leaders from far away, they “infuriate the Muslim male”, said Addicott, thus making them more willing to join the movement. The men in Pakistan’s tribal region “view Americans as cowards and weasels”, he added. […] The complaints by CIA operatives about the drone strikes’ blow back effect reported by Addicott are identical to warnings by military and intelligence officials reported in April 2009 by Jonathan Landay of McClatchy newspapers. Landay quoted an intelligence official with deep involvement in both Afghanistan & Pakistan as saying al Qaeda & the Taliban had used the strikes in propaganda to “portray Americans as cowards who are afraid to face their enemies and risk death”.

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