Children of the Drones
Correspondent: Suroosh Alvi
After a long and costly war in Afghanistan, American foreign policy has taken a drastically different approach to dealing with suspected Taliban insurgents. In place of the old "boots on the ground" strategy, President Obama has increasingly relied on remote-controlled drone warfare. Drone operators stationed thousands of miles away can eliminate targets with the click of a button. Their only interaction with the battlefield is through a screen. The Obama Administration touts drones as a surgical weapon that keeps American soldiers out of harm's way. But for the innocent victims, described as "collateral damage," drone strikes are hardly precise. Suroosh Alvi investigates the effects of drone strikes in Pakistan, where extremism and militancy are only growing in the wake of Obama's drone campaign.