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The Mass Torture of Obama's Drone Strikes

Ayobami Olugbemiga | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Ayobami Olugbemiga

Leon Trotsky once said: "you may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you." Unfortunately, that is true for the two innocent hostages -- one American, one Italian -- that were killed accidentally in a January 2015 CIA drone strike near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

Who Counts?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In the twenty-first-century world of drone warfare, one question with two aspects reigns supreme: Who counts? In Washington, the answers are the same: We don't count and they don't count.

Warren Weinstein and the Truth About the Drone Wars

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

The accidental killing of Warren Weinstein is nothing short of a painful, but unfortunately unavoidable, consequence of the drone wars.

Laura Barron-Lopez

House Democrat Calls For Creation Of ‘Hostage Czar' After Drone Strike | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) said Sunday that the administration should name a "hostage czar" amid revelations that a U.S. drone strike kil...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Pakistani Friends Mourn U.S. Aid Worker Killed In CIA Drone Strike | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 04.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Warren Weinstein made his Pakistani friends nervous when he first arrived in their country in 2004. The trouble wasn't that the vete...

Ali Watkins

CIA Hostage-Killing Strike Underscores 'Close Enough' Nature Of Drone Targeting | Ali Watkins | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The news that a CIA drone strike had inadvertently killed two Western al Qaeda hostages is underscoring a harsh reality of U.S. drone wa...

Ali Watkins

CIA Killing Of Al-Qaeda Hostages Boosts Critics Of Drone Strikes | Ali Watkins | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Thursday’s news of a botched CIA drone operation in January that killed two Western al-Qaeda hostages is threatening to reignite debat...

Jason Linkins

A Drone Program That Has Killed Hundreds Of Civilians Finally Killed Some That The White House Regrets | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics

This morning, the White House disclosed that a January 2015 drone strike, conducted in Pakistan by the CIA with the intention of taking out an al Qaed...

Slain Al Qaeda Hostage Giovanni Lo Porto Dedicated Himself To Humanitarian Work

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 04.23.2015 | World

The White House announced on Thursday that al Qaeda hostages Giovanni Lo Porto and Warren Weinstein had been killed in a botched counterterrorism oper...

Deaths of Hostages and American Extremists Renew Focus on Drone Strikes

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Brian Levin, J.D.

Drone strikes have killed other Americans, as well as civilians, in a controversial policy used by the Obama administration in recent years. But the president defended January's operations during his press briefing today.

Paige Lavender

Obama Apologizes, Takes Responsibility For Deaths Of Innocent Hostages In U.S. Drone Strike | Paige Lavender | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics

President Barack Obama gave a statement Thursday after the White House announced U.S. drone strikes had killed innocent American and Italian hostages ...

Italian, American Al Qaeda Hostages Killed In Botched U.S. Operation

Reuters | Posted 04.23.2015 | World

WASHINGTON, April 23 (Reuters) - The United States on Thursday said an American counterterrorism operation in January killed two hostages, one America...

Kidnapped American Asks Obama To Negotiate For His Release

Posted 12.26.2013 | World

A U.S. government contractor who was abducted by terrorists in Pakistan more than two years ago has appeared in a new video, The Washington Post repor...

American Kidnapped By Al Qaeda Calls For Israeli Help

AP | SEBASTIAN ABBOT | Posted 09.12.2012 | World

ISLAMABAD -- A 71-year-old American aid worker kidnapped over a year ago in Pakistan asked Israel's prime minister for help in meeting al-Qaida's dema...

Wife Pleads For Return Of American Abducted In Pakistan

AP | ERIC TUCKER | Posted 10.13.2012 | World

WASHINGTON — The wife of a Maryland man abducted in Pakistan is pleading for his safe return on the one-year anniversary of his kidnapping, sayi...

Al Qaeda Releases Video Of American Hostage

AP | SEBASTIAN ABBOT | Posted 07.06.2012 | World

ISLAMABAD — A 70-year-old American aid worker kidnapped nine months ago in Pakistan said in a video released by al-Qaida that he will be killed ...

Al Qaeda Leader Says Group Holds U.S. Aid Expert In Pakistan

AP | Posted 01.31.2012 | World

ISLAMABAD -- Al-Qaida claimed responsibility Thursday for the kidnapping of a 70-year-old American aid worker in Pakistan in August, and issued a seri...

Pakistani Police Deny Kidnapped American Is Free

AP | SHAH NAWAZ | Posted 10.25.2011 | World

LAHORE, Pakistan — A Pakistani police chief denied Thursday that a kidnapped development expert had been safely recovered, only hours after sayi...

An American in Pakistan

Ethan Casey | Posted 10.24.2011 | World
Ethan Casey

The kidnapping eleven days ago of American development worker Warren Weinstein prompts this week's column. I don't know anything about the man except ...

Police Puzzled Over Kidnapped American In Pakistan

AP | Posted 10.16.2011 | World

ISLAMABAD -- A senior Pakistani police official says authorities have not been able to determine whether the men who kidnapped an American development...

American Abducted In Eastern Pakistan

AP | By K.M. CHAUDHRY and NAHAL TOOSI | Posted 10.13.2011 | World

K.M. Chaudhry and Nahal Toosi, Associated Press LAHORE, Pakistan -- Gunmen kidnapped an American development expert after tricking his guards and b...