There seems to always be two sides to every story, and Ari Rabin-Havt aimed to prove just that on a recent edition of The Agenda on SiriusXM Progress. The focal point? American drone attacks in Waziristan, Pakistan, and how they are affecting innocent civilians.

Aiming to shed light on the situation, two of these drone victims, Rafiq ur Rehman and his 13-year-old son Zubair, talked with Rabin-Havt about their own horrific personal experience.

With the help of a translator, Rafiq explained the pain in realizing that his family was involved in an attack. He details the horrific account of coming home and finding out that not only his three children were injured but that his 67-year-old mother was killed.

“I never got to see my mother’s face,” Rafiq said.

Despite dealing with such tragedy, Rafiq’s son Zubair, who was harmed in the strike, admits that his initial feelings about the United States have progressively changed, mainly due to his visit to America. In reality, he came to the realization that he couldn’t judge or put the blame on all Americans for the government’s actions.

“The American government has (these) policies, not the American citizens,” Zubair said.

Jennifer Gibson, who is the lawyer representing Raif and his son, also voiced her opinion on the current issue at hand. Having three years under her belt investigating similar cases, Gibson admits that sadly what happened to Rafiq’s family is not a unique case. The truth is that she has seen dozens upon dozens of similar cases in which the intended militants were not harmed but rather innocent bystanders.

Who can take the blame for all of this? “It’s on this administration to bring transparency to his program and to bring some accountability,” Gibson said.

To listen in on the full interview be sure to get it On Demand. And tune in every weekday to The Agenda on SiriusXM Progress, Ch. 127.

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