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Drone Attacks

Obama's Escalating Robot War in Pakistan Is Making a Terror Attack More Likely

Johann Hari | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Johann Hari

This robot slaughter drags us into a terrible feedback loop, where the US launches more drone attacks to deal with jihadism, which makes jihadism worse, which prompts more drone attacks, which makes jihadism worse -- and on and on.

Drone Victims Speak

Chris Rogers | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Rogers

Though victims acknowledged that drones often kill militants, they decried the strikes for the harm they cause to civilians and claimed that they are ineffective at combating militancy in the long-run.

WATCH Woodward: Obama 'Psychologically' Out Of Afghanistan

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama is "psychologically" out of Afghanistan, says author and Washington Post editor Bob Woodward. Woodward appeared on CBS's "Early Show"...

CIA Steps Up Drone Attacks On Taliban In Pakistan

New York Times | MARK MAZZETTI and ERIC SCHMITT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The C.I.A. has drastically increased its bombing campaign in the mountains of Pakistan in recent weeks, American officials said. The strikes are part...

Drones Over Pakistan -- Menace or Best Viable Option?

C. Christine Fair | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
C. Christine Fair

American analysts would do well to appreciate the developing nuances in the drone debate in Pakistan before seeking to undermine the best program that the U.S. and Pakistan have in their mutual war on terror.

U.S. Developing Attack Plan Against Pakistan

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — The U.S. military is developing plans for a unilateral attack on the Pakistani Taliban in the event of a successful terrorist strik...

CIA Drones Secretly Allowed To Kill Unnamed Suspects In Pakistan

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

By David Cloud, Los Angeles Times The CIA received secret permission to attack a wider range of targets, including suspected militants whose names...

Faisal Shahzad Discusses Pakistan Taliban Contacts, Official Tells NYT

New York Times | Mark Mazetti And Scott Shane | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

WASHINGTON -- American officials said Wednesday that it was very likely that a radical group once thought unable to attack the United States had playe...

Terrorist Attacks Spike In Pakistan, Afghanistan

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — An increase in terrorist attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan triggered a spike in the number of civilians killed or wounded there l...


Huffington Post | Nicholas Sabloff and Doug Sarro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

"Punjabi Taliban" responsible for attacks in major Pakistan cities: Interior minister. Rehman Malik blamed what he calls the "Punjabi Taliban" for a s...

Drones and the Laws of War

Michael Thad Allen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Thad Allen

Drone attacks show that the technology of combat has changed dramatically, but the laws of war have remained remarkably stable.

Hussein al-Yemeni: Top Al Qaeda Operative Reportedly Killed In U.S. Drone Attack

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR and MATT APUZZO | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — An al-Qaida leader believed to have played a key role in the bombing of a CIA post in Afghanistan last December was apparently kill...

Sam Stein

White House Won't Address Drone Strike Debate | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Obama administration is refusing to acknowledge whether it is revisiting or even addressing its policy of predatory drone strikes after the Times ...

Drone Attack Report: 1 in 3 Killed By Drones In Pakistan Is A Civilian

Rethink Afghanistan | Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A new report from the New America Foundation states that one of every three people killed in the U.S.'s not-so-secret drone war in Pakistan is a civil...

A Hundred Years of War

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joseph A. Palermo

Drone attacks are terrorism too. Killing entire families, including women and children, in the "border" areas of the "AF-PAK" theater to hit one "militant" or "extremist," without charge or trial, repeated countless times.

Hakimullah Mehsud, Pakistani Taliban Leader, Reported Dead | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud is dead, three Taliban sources said Tuesday....

Pakistan Criticizes Secrecy Of US Drone Strikes

AP | SEBASTIAN ABBOT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ISLAMABAD — Criticism is mounting over Washington's refusal to say anything about missile strikes against Taliban and al-Qaida fighters in Pakis...

Saleh al-Somali, Senior al-Qaida Member, Reportedly Killed In Drone Attack

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

***UPDATE 12.11 4:30 PM ET*** ABC News is reporting, citing a senior U.S. official, that the senior al-Qaida figure reportedly killed in a drone atta...

US Drones Kill 17 In Pakistan

AP | CHRIS BRUMMITT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan's anti-corruption agency has barred the defense minister and nearly 250 other top officials from leaving the coun...

The Costs of Drone Strikes

Lisa Schirch | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lisa Schirch

No matter the outcome of President Obama's deliberations about US strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the tactic of using unmanned drone strikes should be taken off the table.

Obama's Nobel Speech? C-minus.

Tom H. Hastings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom H. Hastings

Obama said, "A nonviolent movement could not have halted Hitler's armies." But in fact, where nonviolence was attempted against the Nazis, it succeeded.

Senator Carl Levin: US Should Consider Drone Attacks On Al-Qaida In Yemen

AP | ANNE FLAHERTY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — A Senate chairman said Wednesday that the U.S. should consider airstrikes, armed drones and clandestine operations in Yemen to defe...

Pakistan: Al-Qaida Commanders Killed In US Strikes

AP | MUNIR AHMAD and CHRIS BRUMMITT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ISLAMABAD — U.S. missiles are believed to have killed an al-Qaida operations chief and a top Uzbek militant in northwest Pakistan, officials sai...

More Deaths In Pakistan Drone Attacks

Al Jazeera English | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

At least 10 people have been killed after a suspected US drone fired missiles into Pakistan's North Waziristan region, Pakistani intelligence has said...

Baitullah Mehsud's Death Doesn't Change Pakistan's Perception Of The US

Naveen Naqvi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Naveen Naqvi

The recent killing of Baitullah Mehsud by a US-led drone attack still does not seem to work in favor of the drone attacks.