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No Pakistani civilians killed by US drones in 2013: UN monitor

Supporters of Pakistan's Tehreek-e-Insaaf political party shout slogans during a protest against US drone strikes in Karachi on December 17, 2013No Pakistani civilians were killed by US drones last year as Washington slashed its controversial use of the pilotless planes in the country, a UN expert said Wednesday. “I am pleased to be able to report a very significant de-escalation in the use of armed drones by the United States in… Pakistan,” Ben Emmerson told reporters in Geneva. “But perhaps most significantly, for the first time in nine years there were no reports of civilian casualties during 2013 in the FATA area of Pakistan,” he added. The FATA, or Federally Administered Tribal Areas, is a region bordering Afghanistan where Pakistan’s military is battling the Taliban and the United States has used drones to strike at Al-Qaeda militants.

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