Drone Bombings in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas: Public Remote Sensing Applications for Security Monitoring


Drone bombing, as a US defense strategy in Pakistan, began under the George W. Bush administration as part of the “US War on Terrorism” and has accelerated under the Obama administration. The United States government has not confirmed the use of drones in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. We identify the region within the Federally Administered Tribal Areas with the highest incidence of drone bombing activity and use QuickBird imagery to identify evidence of drone bombing damage. The city of Miram Shah in North Waziristan had the highest incidence of drone bombings before January 1, 2010. A systematic research in 1 km2 grids over the city of Miram Shah revealed potential damage of a drone bombing at one site, recent damage at one site, and an image of a drone over the landscape. Results suggest that drone bombings are very accurate and drone missions are common in the region. It is possible for the public to monitor drone bombings and other quality of life indicators in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. The use of drones to monitor and attack enemy locations will most likely expand in the future.

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K. Laygo, T. Gillespie, N. Rayo and E. Garcia, "Drone Bombings in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas: Public Remote Sensing Applications for Security Monitoring," Journal of Geographic Information System, Vol. 4 No. 2, 2012, pp. 136-141. doi: 10.4236/jgis.2012.42018.

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