…the number of U.S. drone strikes in Yemen so far in 2012. That’s double the total for all of 2011. This year’s secret strikes have killed up to 180 people, according to a new study into the campaign released Thursday by the nonprofit Middle East Policy Council.

“Even as drone projects target terror, they may be cultivating the more broad-based condition called `insurgency’ in military parlance,” the report cautions. “The perpetuation of instability in areas beyond the reach of traditional state governance seems to lead to alternative forms, such as the grandiosely named Islamic emirates.”

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