|A fully armed MQ-9 Reaper taxis down a runway in Southwest Asia. The Reaper's primary mission is as a persistent hunter-killer against emerging targets.|
A "double tap" has usually referred to a gunman shooting the same target twice in quick succession. But the same term has gained an even deadlier meaning in the 21st century with its new reference to U.S. drones striking the same target area twice with missiles.
The CIA or military drone "double tap" does more than ensure targeted militants or terrorists in Pakistan or Afghanistan end up dead — much evidence suggests that the practice also kills civilians who rush to help after the first strike. Such casualties become very apparent in a personal project by NYU student Josh Begley to tweet every reported U.S. drone strike since 2002.
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