* The locations represented in this map are relative and were determined from eyewitness and American Military reports. "Potentially killed" for each drone strike represents the maximum casualties, men, women and children, estimated killed for each strike.
This interactive was compiled with information attained by Bureau of Investigative Journalism and The Intercept.
Unmanned drones are now widely seen as the US’s weapon of choice in its war on terror, as they can “strike their targets with astonishing precision,” according to CIA director John Brennan.
Over two decades after its disastrous foray into the factious country, the US has begun targeting Al-Shabaab fighters and Al-Qaeda affiliates in the country. In April of 2016, US drones struck an Al-Shabaab training camp killing over 150 unidentified, young men.
This interactive attempts to provide a simple way to interact with data compiled by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. It also attempts to provide a geographical context to the Obama Administration's increasing use of legally-questionable targeted killings in Somalia.
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