People in Pakistan protesting against United States military and intelligence drone attacks that have killed many civilians in the so-called war on terrorism. The attacks have escalated under the Obama administration., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
American drones activity increasing in Africa
Saturday, 19 October 2013 18:09
The US is opening up a new front against armed groups linked to al-Qaeda in Africa.
And Niger is reported to have given permission for US drones to be based in its territory.
This expansion of US drone operations comes at a time of heightened tension in North Africa. France is leading an offensive in Mali against al-Qaeda inspired fighters.
The UN is to investigate the use of drone strikes, at the request of several nations, including Pakistan.
Ben Emmerson, a UN special rapporteur, will look into the extent of civilian casualties and the legality of the strikes.