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Rights Groups Condemn U.S. Drone Strikes

Drones, as Washington's prevailing wisdom goes, are the least messy weapon to deploy on a distant battlefield. They can surgically target terrorists and, in theory, inflict little collateral damage. But two new reports, one from Amnesty International and another from Human Rights Watch (HRW), detail civilian deaths in Pakistan and Yemen that Amnesty concluded may amount to "extrajudicial executions or war crimes and other violations of international humanitarian law."

In one example, 68-year-old Mamana Bibi was blown to pieces in front of her grandchildren while tending crops in Pakistan. It's impossible to know why Bibi...

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