US drone strikes ‘crime against humanity’: Analyst

US drone strikes carried out in Muslim countries are a “crime against humanity” and a violation of international law, a peace activist and analyst in Washington says.

“Drone strikes are, by their nature, an illegal weapon [because] there is no capability of distinguishing between civilians and armed combatants,” said Brian Becker, national coordinator for the ANSWER Coalition, a US-based protest umbrella group consisting of many antiwar and civil rights organizations.

“This program of unmanned aircraft targeting people thousands of feet below on the ground with the scantest evidence of who’s actually the target, means that large numbers of civilians will be killed and that those who commit these murders know that large numbers of civilians will be killed,” Becker told Press TV on Saturday.

“From the point of view of the ANSWER Coalition, we continue to join with other peace forces in the United States and throughout the world, demanding the end of all drone strikes in Afghanistan, in Pakistan and everywhere,” he added.

“They are, as I said, a crime against humanity and a violation of international law.”

Becker made the comments as a US drone attack targeted a funeral ceremony in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Khost on Friday, killing at least 34 people.

 

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