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Both Afghanistan and Pakistan have recently seen violent anti-American protests which have serious implications for Washington and the region itself, argues guest columnist Ahmed Rashid. Pakistani protesters burn a U.S. flag on July 7, , during a demonstration in Multan to condemn U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan. Such anti-American protests now appear to be on the decline. Drone Strikes and Anti-Americanism in Pakistan But the drone program is here to stay, so the policy so far has been to do and say nothing. It undermines all the positive work the United Author: Madiha Afzal. Anti-American sentiment in Afghanistan has been encouraged by the Quran burning incident and the leaking online of a video of US troops urinating on Taliban strikes have led to growing anti-Americanism. See also. Parwan Detention Facility at Bagram Airfield; Anti-American sentiment in Sovereign states: Afghanistan, Armenia, .
A new batch of US State Embassy cables released specifically dealing with the US relationship with Pakistan draw attention to a number of Pakistani political issues, the military aid the US has. The US flies drone missions over Pakistan and conducts airstrikes on suspected militants in the turbulent tribal area on the border with Afghanistan. The practice has prompted outrage amongst Pakistanis because of the high death toll it effects on civilians. "In the . The US has apparently refused to revisit its policy on drone strikes against al-Qaeda and Taliban militants in Pakistan's lawless tribal areas as recommended by a Pakistani Parliamentary committee. The stand of the US on drone strikes was conveyed by US Ambassador Cameron Munter during a meeting with Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar yesterday. Two former US officials, one military general and another top counter-terrorism advisor for President Obama, have publicly denounced the drone wars in Pakistan and Yemen, saying they.
One of the reasons that the US probably cannot be more open about drone strikes is, ironically, to appease Pakistan’s government, which in turn, condemns drones to drum up anti-Americanism. Talk. Pakistan–United States relations refers to the bilateral relationship between Pakistan and the United 20 October , two months and six days after Pakistan's independence, the United States established relations with Pakistan, making it amongst the first nations to establish relations with the new an allied itself with the United States during the Cold war era against. US President Obama affirmed on 30 January that the US was conducting drone strikes in Pakistan. He stressed that civilian casualties in the strikes were low. In a February poll of 1, US adults, 83% of them (77% of the liberal Democrats) replied they support the drone on: Federal Tribal Areas, Pakistan. Obama’s War and the Failure of Drone Strikes. Destabilisation in Yemen and Pakistan is tipping the scale in the wrong direction for the US drone warfare policy. In Yemen whose authoritarian government has traditionally always allied with the US, the outbreak of anti-American sentiments has been more pronounced than previously seen.