The gruesome murder of at least 126 innocents in Peshawar, Pakistan, including children, by the Pakistani Taliban is a direct result of U.S. foreign policy in the region.
Also known as Tehrik-i-Taliban, the group is an amalgamation of the Afghan Taliban and al-Qaeda. Both groups were created and nurtured by Pakistani intelligence in collaboration with the CIA.
Tehrik-i-Taliban draws its leadership from Pakistan’s tribal regions where the CIA has conducted a ceaseless drone campaign.
During the Obama presidency, the U.S. has conducted nearly 400 drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, killing more than 2,400 people, at least 273 of them reportedly civilians. The body count is six times higher under Obama than Bush. The number of civilians killed, however, may be far higher because the Defense Department does not report civilian casualties.
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