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JANUARY 25, 2013 7:42PM

Underage US drone victims finally identified by name

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The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has published the names of 119 children and teenagers in Pakistan and Yemen who have been killed in US drone strikes there. This is the first time that the identities and ages of even a portion of our juvenile drone victims have been assembled and published for a broad audience. I have reproduced the list below. The list contains no information on how many of these children were “terrorists.”

In a related development, Ben Emmerson, the UN special rapporteur on human rights and counterterrorism, has announced that he will be leading a team of specialists to Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia to investigate American drone strikes there. He and his team will also examine US and UK drone attacks in Afghanistan and Israeli strikes in the Occupied Territories.

Emmerson has been a harsh critic of American and British drone policy since assuming his post in 2011. Last October, Emmerson said: “The Bureau has alleged that since President Obama took office at least 50 civilians were killed in follow-up strikes when they had gone to help victims and more than 20 civilians have also been attacked in deliberate strikes on funerals and mourners. Christof Heyns [UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial killing] … has described such attacks, if they prove to have happened, as war crimes. I would endorse that view.”

For more in-depth information on our “secret” drone war, including detailed analysis and interactive maps and timelines, check out the Bureau’s website.

 
 

PAKISTAN
Name | Age | Gender
Noor Aziz | 8 | male
Abdul Wasit | 17 | male
Noor Syed | 8 | male
Wajid Noor | 9 | male
Syed Wali Shah | 7 | male
Ayeesha | 3 | female
Qari Alamzeb | 14| male
Shoaib | 8 | male
Hayatullah KhaMohammad | 16 | male
Tariq Aziz | 16 | male
Sanaullah Jan | 17 | male
Maezol Khan | 8 | female
Nasir Khan | male
Naeem Khan | male
Naeemullah | male
Mohammad Tahir | 16 | male
Azizul Wahab | 15 | male
Fazal Wahab | 16 | male
Ziauddin | 16 | male
Mohammad Yunus | 16 | male
Fazal Hakim | 19 | male
Ilyas | 13 | male
Sohail | 7 | male
Asadullah | 9 | male
khalilullah | 9 | male
Noor Mohammad | 8 | male
Khalid | 12 | male
Saifullah | 9 | male
Mashooq Jan | 15 | male
Nawab | 17 | male
Sultanat Khan | 16 | male
Ziaur Rahman | 13 | male
Noor Mohammad | 15 | male
Mohammad Yaas Khan | 16 | male
Qari Alamzeb | 14 | male
Ziaur Rahman | 17 | male
Abdullah | 18 | male
Ikramullah Zada | 17 | male
Inayatur Rehman | 16 | male
Shahbuddin | 15 | male
Yahya Khan | 16 |male
Rahatullah |17 | male
Mohammad Salim | 11 | male
Shahjehan | 15 | male
Gul Sher Khan | 15 | male
Bakht Muneer | 14 | male
Numair | 14 | male
Mashooq Khan | 16 | male
Ihsanullah | 16 | male
Luqman | 12 | male
Jannatullah | 13 | male
Ismail | 12 | male
Taseel Khan | 18 | male
Zaheeruddin | 16 | male
Qari Ishaq | 19 | male
Jamshed Khan | 14 | male
Alam Nabi | 11 | male
Qari Abdul Karim | 19 | male
Rahmatullah | 14 | male
Abdus Samad | 17 | male
Siraj | 16 | male
Saeedullah | 17 | male
Abdul Waris | 16 | male
Darvesh | 13 | male
Ameer Said | 15 | male
Shaukat | 14 | male
Inayatur Rahman | 17 | male
Salman | 12 | male
Fazal Wahab | 18 | male
Baacha Rahman | 13 | male
Wali-ur-Rahman | 17 | male
Iftikhar | 17 | male
Inayatullah | 15 | male
Mashooq Khan | 16 | male
Ihsanullah | 16 | male
Luqman | 12 | male
Jannatullah | 13 | male
Ismail | 12 | male
Abdul Waris | 16 | male
Darvesh | 13 | male
Ameer Said | 15 | male
Shaukat | 14 | male
Inayatur Rahman | 17 | male
Adnan | 16 | male
Najibullah | 13 | male
Naeemullah | 17 | male
Hizbullah | 10 | male
Kitab Gul | 12 | male
Wilayat Khan | 11 | male
Zabihullah | 16 | male
Shehzad Gul | 11 | male
Shabir | 15 | male
Qari Sharifullah | 17 | male
Shafiullah | 16 | male
Nimatullah | 14 | male
Shakirullah | 16 | male
Talha | 8 | male

YEMEN
Afrah Ali Mohammed Nasser | 9 | female
Zayda Ali Mohammed Nasser | 7 | female
Hoda Ali Mohammed Nasser | 5 | female
Sheikha Ali Mohammed Nasser | 4 | female
Ibrahim Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye | 13 | male
Asmaa Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye | 9 | male
Salma Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye | 4 | female
Fatima Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye | 3 | female
Khadije Ali Mokbel Louqye | 1 | female
Hanaa Ali Mokbel Louqye | 6 | female
Mohammed Ali Mokbel Salem Louqye | 4 | male
Jawass Mokbel Salem Louqye | 15 | female
Maryam Hussein Abdullah Awad | 2 | female
Shafiq Hussein Abdullah Awad | 1 | female
Sheikha Nasser Mahdi Ahmad Bouh | 3 | female
Maha Mohammed Saleh Mohammed | 12 | male
Soumaya Mohammed Saleh Mohammed | 9 | female
Shafika Mohammed Saleh Mohammed | 4 | female
Shafiq Mohammed Saleh Mohammed | 2 | male
Mabrook Mouqbal Al Qadari | 13 | male
Daolah Nasser 10 years | 10 | female
AbedalGhani Mohammed Mabkhout | 12 | male
Abdel- Rahman Anwar al Awlaki | 16 | male
Abdel-Rahman al-Awlaki | 17 | male
Nasser Salim | 19

 

 

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I'm sure that the Obama drone attack apologists are going to say that 3 y.o. Ayeesha was a terrorist and deserved to die. Murderous fuckers!
When I wrote the White House a letter with my concerns about weaponized drones and how completely wrong they are for our country to use, the response I received said, " The safety of our country is the top priority."
I now wonder what the response will be in my next letter asking why killing children as collateral damage has anything to do with "the safety of our country."

....and no, I am not an Obama hater.

I *am* extremely concerned about the use of drones by any of our president's orders.
Could be. We could just not do anything, and see what happens, as to loss of human life.
Or we could unleash people with murderous ideas much more, on the Russian and Algerian theory that one wants to truly terrorize the terrorists, to be monstrously inhuman, to crush their will or exterminate them completely, and all who would ever consider supporting them .
For an example of an alternative to drone strikes in Pakistan, consider the following hypothetical airstrike on a hostile village in a Tribal Area as a punitive raid for multiple insertions of IEDs.
27 B-52s, fly three abreast. Every square centimeter is exposed to a minimum, at the .99 level of probability, of 15 pounds blast overpressure per square inch, rendering all enemy combatants and any human being, cat, dog, goat, combat ineffective within a range of two by four, kilometers; no more hostile village with Taliban. Two by four kilometers, rather different from a drone strike. Of course, we haven't done that, although we could, demonstrating some level of restraint. Maybe the real reason the drone strikes are getting a lot of protest is because in fact they work at low risk and cost to us, which our enemies don't want, since they wish to destroy the United States.
As to risks, consider the strike on the repeat customer from Guantamino in Yemen; problem solved. He was released, he escaped, he went into the desert to jihad, and now he is either with the 72 virgins, or not.
Granted, there are other issues with drone strikes, including intelligence collection, and political issues as well, as to collateral damage. Ideally, one would grab people, or shoot them with rifles, or stab them, if that poses other dangers to us, and host country relations. We are leaving Afghanistan, if time will tell if that will not cause the biggest loss of life of all.
Or, we could go there and ask the enemies of the United States "What's your major malfunction, didn't your mommy and daddy show you enough love?" Granted, some resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian issue would help, but good luck with that, as when you try that, all you get is hatred, from both sides, pretty much. The land, with Israel offering all but 5 per cent of 1967, and right of return to that land, not to alter Israel, that is reasonable, practical. Some arrangement over Al Aqsa... not likely to be mutually acceptable, alas. And then people make what choices they make, as to enemies or not, alas. But our strikes are not nearly as murderous as they could be. Careful what people ask for.
What really pleases me is that Emerson is doing this at the request of Pakistan and "two permanent members of the Security Council" (I wonder who that would be). He's not doing it of his own initiative. In addition, part of his brief is ascertaining the legality of killing civilians in a conflict not authorized or recognized by the UN>
When Timothy McVeigh said that the children killed in Oklahoma people were rightfully outraged.

Now....
OOps meant to say

When Timothy McVeigh said that the children killed in Oklahoma were collateral damage people were rightfully outraged.

Now....
Zachery,
The trouble with collateral damage is that what goes around, comes around. We really ought to have learned that by now.
Don Rich,
"27 B-52s, fly three abreast. Every square centimeter is exposed to a minimum, at the .99 level of probability, of 15 pounds blast overpressure per square inch, rendering all enemy combatants and any human being, cat, dog, goat, combat ineffective within a range of two by four, kilometers; no more hostile village with Taliban. (...) Of course, we haven't done that, although we could, demonstrating some level of restraint. "
Well, thank goodness for our level of restraint!

You'll hopefully have noted how I wrote in the article that there is no information available on how many of these children represented threats to the safety of the American people. If, as I would like to propose, by definition none of these dead kids threatened us, then I'm afraid I really don't follow your argument.
[r] judy, thanks. I saw this and wondered if I should replicate the list at open salon! so glad you did and it is a good idea. like the NewsHour showing those faces of troops killed at the end of its program. A reminder after all the political game playing bullshit discussed just what bottom line is happening to at least some of the people who are at the mercy of sociopathic institutionalized insanity.

Victims of drones, proclaimed strategically targeted. right. Cause they were of an age some (or close enough from an aerial view) where they could be in the military and deserve to die according to our emperor prez and his cabal of respected sociopaths and all those folks attending the funerals of the so-called "enemy" I suppose need to be droned too (and are at times) while they are honoring a sacred human life now gone because of the crazedness of our war addicted military. Bug splats is the name for drone victims which shows the degree of desensitization. Predator drones, Hellfire missiles. Listen to the language. Patriarchal, hyper-masculinized paradigm for power and control and competition on steroids -- EVIL-- and little -NO empathy for the sanctity of human lives. I wonder when women will start being shown more often as dead troop victims on the NewsHour at the end, will that be shrugged off too readily, too, by all of us?

Staring at the ages on this list is heart-breaking. All ages would be heart-breaking, but when infants are fodder for corporate warring, not warring, invading and MURDERING, it is long past time to stop it.

Too bad sophisticated weaponry doesn't demand a license for emotional intelligence and the basic level of a sense of decency and humane responsibility.

best, libby
Libby,

"sociopathic institutionalized insanity"

Yes, that nails it!
simply nauseating. these poor children. my heart aches.
The Obama admin has already produced its justification for drone-bombings of children, responding to a question about the killing of 16-year-old Abdulrahman al-Awlaki (2nd-to-last on the above list) with "he should have had a far more responsible father".
Thanks for posting this – even after reading many times about these strikes, simply seeing a list with actual names and ages is deeply moving. R.
Don Rich: "Or, we could go there and ask the enemies of the United States 'What's your major malfunction, didn't your mommy and daddy show you enough love?'"

The babies and toddlers on this list were certainly not enemies of the United States, as far as we know their mommies and daddies loved them dearly – and their relatives have been joining Al Qaeda in much greater numbers since we started playing our lethal video games with their flesh and blood. If we are too stupid to understand why, then we have a major mental malfunction.