It began as a dribble. Then a trickle. And then, a torrent.
More than 3,000 people have died as a result of U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan since 2004, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Of those, no more than about 1.5 percent have involved the deaths of high-profile Taliban targets. The rest exist in a legal gray zone created by the uncertainties of war. Some may have been innocent bystanders; others, dangerous militants. Still more could have been both — Taliban sympathizers who were in an unfortunate place at the wrong time.