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Rights Groups, Senate Demand Answers on Drones

(1) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 11:06 AM

For almost a decade, largely in secret and with almost no public transparency or oversight, drone strikes by the United States have killed thousands of people in areas far from the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq. On Tuesday, the Senate held its first public hearing on U.S. drone strikes...

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Taking Responsibility for Torture in Afghanistan

(1) Comments | Posted September 9, 2011 | 3:06 PM

A UN report soon to be released has exposed systematic torture and abuse in several Afghan prisons where international forces transfer detainees, including beatings, electrocutions, and threats of sexual assault. The widespread use of torture was well known by Afghans and internationals. But it's taken this report to...

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After Bin Laden, Time for Clear U.S. Policy on Targeted Killing

(19) Comments | Posted May 9, 2011 | 4:48 PM

The U.S. has killed hundreds of individuals in targeted killings, many outside traditional battlefields. It conducts these killings largely in secret, without public oversight, and without any clear legal justification. The CIA operation that killed bin Laden last week is but one instance of a tactic that has...

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Can U.S. Defend Drones Without Pakistani Consent?

(42) Comments | Posted April 28, 2011 | 4:14 PM

Drones may be new, futuristic weapons, but the U.S. drone campaign in Pakistan raises the oldest of international legal questions: what gives one country the right to violate the sovereignty of another?

For years, it has been widely accepted that Pakistani officials had tacitly consented to drone strikes...

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Who's a Target? Drone Deaths Deserve Answers

(57) Comments | Posted March 24, 2011 | 2:38 PM

Last week, U.S. drones reportedly struck a gathering of tribal elders in northern Pakistan, killing a significant number of civilians and sparking local outrage as well as rare denunciations from Pakistan's political and military leadership. The U.S. provided no official explanation for allegedly killing innocent civilians at a...

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Pakistani Politicians Agree: Make Amends to Victims of Conflict

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2011 | 11:09 AM

Politicians in Pakistan agree on little these days. In a country where partisan rivalry runs high, and regional and religious politics compound deep sectarian and ethnic differences, divisiveness is a constant.

However, in the last two weeks I have seen consensus around at least one issue: the need to address...

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Drone Victims in Pakistan Seek Justice

(1) Comments | Posted December 3, 2010 | 2:28 PM

"The United States is a nation of laws," President Obama has declared, insisting that the US will uphold the rule of law in its fight against terrorism. Yet when it comes to drone strikes abroad, the US has not demonstrated that it is living up to this principle.

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Drone Victims Speak

(1) Comments | Posted October 13, 2010 | 1:42 PM

On January 23, 2009, the Obama Administration carried out its first drone strike in Pakistan, three days after the president's inauguration. But instead of striking the Taliban, the missile hit the house of Malik Gulistan Khan, a member of a pro-government peace committee, killing him along with three if his...

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Caught in the Crosshairs: Legal Uncertainty over Drone Strikes Puts Civilians at Risk

(2) Comments | Posted June 9, 2010 | 8:28 AM

UN special rapporteur Philip Alston's recent report on targeted killings challenges the legality of drone strikes and highlights how legal uncertainty increases the risk to civilians from drone strikes.

The Obama Administration's legal justification for drone strikes has thus far been completely unsatisfactory. In much publicized

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Drones Use Smaller Bombs But Still Raise Big Concerns for Civilians

(3) Comments | Posted April 30, 2010 | 4:19 PM

In Pakistan, the CIA is using smaller missiles and advanced surveillance technology to minimize civilian casualties caused by drone strikes. This suggests the CIA has learned a lesson from the Pentagon's experience with Afghan anger about civilian deaths across the border.

But serious concerns...

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Are Drone Strikes Legal? Koh Offers Assurances, Not Answers

(56) Comments | Posted April 3, 2010 | 5:32 AM

Following years of official silence, State Department Legal Advisor Harold Koh's statements on the legality of drone strikes last week were welcomed by many.

But Koh failed to address serious concerns over the U.S.'s use of drones to kill al-Qaeda and Taliban militants, and in particular the...

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Civilian Casualties Ignored in Pakistan

(1) Comments | Posted March 26, 2010 | 4:10 AM

In conflicts from Afghanistan to Sri Lanka, and Gaza to Georgia, governments, international organizations and NGOs work to assess losses suffered by civilians. That's one of the only ways to ensure they get help. In many conflicts, the casualty statistics are fiercely disputed -- but at least there are numbers...

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Compensation for Afghan Civilians is Much More than Money

(1) Comments | Posted March 5, 2010 | 12:56 PM

Fruit tree, $60. Cow, $300. Serious injury, $1,500. These are typical compensation amounts some international troops offer to civilians harmed by their operations in Afghanistan. Such calculations seem cold and reading reports on compensation in the Marjah operation, one might think its not much different than haggling over...

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