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Will U.S. drone program turn the country into a pariah?

Editor's note: This story has been updated with new revelations about Pakistan's reported complicity in US drone strikes.

Washington is certainly taking a beating on the world stage these days.

Just this week two leading international human rights groups came out with reports accusing the US government of possible war crimes in connection with the CIA’s ultra-secret drone campaign in Pakistan and Yemen.

Amnesty International’s “Will I be next? US drone strikes in Pakistan” and Human Rights Watch’s “Between a Drone and Al Qaeda: The Cost of US Targeted Killings in Yemen” paint a grim picture of President Barack Obama’s sharp escalation of a program that’s carried out hundreds of unmanned airstrikes since 2004.

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