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  • CIA killing of al-Qaeda hostages boosts critics of drone strikes

    Huffington Post - 04/23/2015

    The constant stream of reports of civilian deaths, along with evidence that botched strikes might exacerbate extremist violence, has brought criticism in Washington and abroad.

    “There’s no consensus on whether drones are an effective instrument because there’s no consensus over how to define success,” Max Abrahms, a political science professor at Northeastern University who studies terrorism, told HuffPost. “What I find is, in a sense, drones are counterproductive because they make [militants] more extreme. When the leaders of militant groups have been taken out, the violence tends to shift from targeting military targets to civilian ones.”

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