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Drone strikes, military action have an effect
“The drones have killed the masterminds, the planners,” said Mr. Rana. “But as long as their structures are intact, their capacity is intact, and they can pose a threat at any time.”
The strikes also force the militants to spend a lot of time worrying about how to avoid being killed, according to Mr. Rizvi.
“That means they have trouble training suicide bombers, planning long-term strategy,” he said.
Many Pakistanis criticize the drone strikes because they believe they mostly kill innocent civilians, a message reinforced by militants and often by Pakistani officials.
The U.S. does not acknowledge the CIA-run drone program in Pakistan publicly, but American officials have claimed privately that the attacks kill very few civilians.
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