Sunday Jun 09, 201309:14 AM GMT
Ex-drone operator suffers from mental distress over 1,626 deaths
Former US Air Force drone operator Brandon Bryant
Former US Air Force drone operator Brandon Bryant
A former operator of unmanned aerial vehicles in the US Air Force says he is haunted by more than 1,600 deaths as a result of assassination drone strikes that he took part in.


In a recent exclusive interview with NBC News, Brandon Bryant said that he served as a drone sensor operator for five years, and guided drones over Iraq and Afghanistan.

The 27-year-old stated that his duties did not include the firing of missiles, but the missions he took part in led to the death of more than 1,600 people.

Bryant pointed out that his commander presented him with a scorecard as his career neared its end in 2011. The document showed that he had participated in missions that led to the deaths of 1,626 people.

“I would’ve been happy if they never even showed me the piece of paper. I've seen American soldiers die, innocent people die, and insurgents die. And it's not pretty. It's not something that I want to have - this diploma,” the former US drone operator said.

Bryant further explained that he is currently suffering from the post traumatic stress disorder. He said he has “lost respect for life” and started to feel like a sociopath.

Washington has been using its assassination drones in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Yemen among other countries, claiming that it is targeting terrorists, but the attacks have mostly led to massive civilian deaths.

The United Nations has slammed the US terror drone attacks as targeted killings and says they pose a challenge to the international law.

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