Al-Zawahiri In Drone Strike

Nero

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The Americans fired two hellfire missiles at a safe house yet claim civilians in the house weren't killed! I know nothing about missiles or weapons but surely two hellfire missiles would destroy a house almost entirely?!
 

Priv

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The Americans fired two hellfire missiles at a safe house yet claim civilians in the house weren't killed! I know nothing about missiles or weapons but surely two hellfire missiles would destroy a house almost entirely?!
Not necessarily, they are designed for precision rather than destruction, the blast radius is a few metres if he was at one side of the building and the civilians at the other they may of been okay.
 

jeff_potato

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The Americans fired two hellfire missiles at a safe house yet claim civilians in the house weren't killed! I know nothing about missiles or weapons but surely two hellfire missiles would destroy a house almost entirely?!
It may have been the type of missile they used against the Iranian guy a couple of years ago, which is essentially like a food processor landing on a target.
 

Cress

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As many as Al Qaeda?
Some kids died on the planes 911 and in New York etc. Also al qaeda affiliates in the Sahel etc have killed kids
& https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/nejm199209243271306
“ These results provide strong evidence that the Gulf war and trade sanctions caused a threefold increase in mortality among Iraqi children under five years of age. We estimate that an excess of more than 46,900 children died between January and August 1991.”
 

The Ruthsayer

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Thanks, and yes I’m aware of the impact of sanctions, not just in Iraq. I was also thinking of the child soldiers forcibly recruited to the ranks of AQ.
 

Anton_Berg

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This also demonstrates what the US is capable of for the benefit of any other players who might be interested.
 
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