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Drone Attacks Stoke Debate In Pakistan

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

The United States has been using drones to target militants in Pakistan for some six years now.

But there has never been a hale of drone attacks like the number so far this year.

According to one of the foremost groups tracking the number of reported strikes -- "The Long War Journal" -- there had been at least 85 strikes since January before the latest incident.

That compares to 53 strikes in 2009 and just 35 the year before.

The ever-increasing number of U.S. strikes is stoking an equally escalating debate in Pakistan over whether they hurt or help the country.

But, surprisingly, the tone of the debate varies depending on location.

Genuine Debate

On Pakistani television, talk shows tend to be dominated by speakers condemning the attacks as an assault on Pakistan's sovereignty.

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Radio Mashaal correspondents Daud Khattak and Abdul Hai Kakar contributed to this report

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

Drone Attacks Stoke Debate In Pakistan

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