This report details the 25 days spent in North Waziristan by a BBC reporter. As with much commentary emerging from the tribal areas, the psychological damage caused by drones hovering in the sky all day and night is highlighted.
On-the-ground ‘spies’ (perhaps recruited by the ISI) are the main target of Taliban retaliations: “The Taliban have no real answer or solution to the drones – so they spend most of their time trying to weed out the spies who supply information for the strikes. I see several people being arrested.” The Taliban “kill first and ask questions later”.
As ever, it is civilians the bear the brunt of the extrajudicial drones wars — living in a permanent state of insecurity.
For more on what it means to be ‘living with drones’, see this report.