Of the 44 predator strikes carried out by US drones in the tribal areas of Pakistan during 12 month of year 2009, only 5 hit their actual targets, killing 5 key Al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders, but at the cost of over 700 innocent civilians.
The US drones killed 708 people in 44 predator attacks targeting the tribal areas of Pakistan between January 1 and December 31, 2009. Thus, for each Al Qaeda / Taliban terrorist killed by US drones, 140 innocent Pakistanis were also killed.
Of the 5 successful predator attacks carried out in 2009, the first one came on January 1, which reportedly killed 2 senior al-Qaeda leaders (Usama al-Kin and Sheikh Ahmed Salim). The second successful drone attack was conducted on August 5 in South Waziristan that killed the most wanted fugitive chief of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan Baitullah Mehsud along with his wife. The detail of rest is not known