Innocent Man Begs America to Stop Trying to Murder Him with Drone Strikes

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A tribal elder from Pakistan is in the U.K. this week in an attempt to get Britain to persuade the United States to stop trying to kill him. Malik Jalil, from the village of Waziristan on Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan, has a role as an intermediary in settling disputes. He is a member of a community devoted to trying to keep the peace in the region, and he is sanctioned by the Pakistani government.

Malik claims he has been put on a ‘kill list’ and targeted at least four times by U.S. drone strikes for his role in attempting to prevent violence between the local Taliban and the authorities.

reaper-drone-art-1024x618-700x422It is not only horrific that in the 21st century, a list has been drawn up of people governments want to kill; in Pakistan, which is out of sight and out of mind, only a minority of those killed by U.S. drones are even identified. Of the 2,494 people killed since 2004, only 729 have been named. At least 1,765 victims remain nameless, according to research by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

Invited by Lord Ken MacDonald, the former Director of Public Prosecutions, Jalal has traveled to the U.K. to ask for the government’s help in taking him off the kill list. Writing for Stop the War, he said:

I have been warned that Americans and their allies had me and others from the Peace Committee on their Kill List. I cannot name my sources, as they would find themselves targeted for trying to save my life. But it leaves me in no doubt that I am one of the hunted.

Speaking via a translator on national radio, he recounted a number of near-misses that have convinced him he is a U.S. military target. On one occasion, he was visiting a nearby village in a people carrier when the vehicle just meters behind him was hit by a missile. As his back window shattered in the explosion, the car behind him went up in flames and the bodies of those in it were blown to pieces.

A tribal elder from Pakistan is in the U.K. this week in an attempt to get Britain to persuade the United States to stop trying to kill him.

Innocent Man Begs America to Stop Trying to Murder Him with Drone Strikes

Source: Innocent Man Begs America to Stop Trying to Murder Him with Drone Strikes – Zen Gardner

Human Rights Watch has called on Turkey to stop firing on Syrian civilians fleeing fighting and allow them to cross the Turkish border. The UN Refugee Agency asked Ankara to provide data on possible refugee deaths in shelling on the Syrian border.

“As civilians flee ISIS fighters, Turkey is responding with live ammunition instead of compassion,” Gerry Simpson, senior refugee researcher at HRW, said in a statement. “The whole world is talking about fighting ISIS, and yet those most at risk of becoming victims of its horrific abuses are trapped on the wrong side of a concrete wall,” he added.

A new wave of refugees has fled northern Syria for the Turkish border after Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) opened fire on communities that had sheltered them. Three people were killed and thousands more were uprooted, the Guardian reported.

Stop shooting at Syrian civilians fleeing ISIS-controlled zones HRW tells Turkey

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