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Drone War

Report: CIA Will Keep Running Obama's Drone War

Foreign Policy | Gordon Lubold and Shane Harris | Posted 11.06.2013 | World

In May, the White House leaked word that it would start shifting drone operations from the shadows of the CIA to the relative sunlight of the Defense ...

The Killing of Hakimullah Mehsud, Or Why Liberals Should Support Obama's Drone War on the Taliban

Brian Glyn Williams | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Brian Glyn Williams

Far from seeing the drones as "indiscriminate killers" that are carpet bombing Pakistani cities and hunting innocent civilians, they seem to know that they are perhaps the best "worst option" in the campaign against fanatical terrorists like Hakimullah Mehsud who have deliberately killed thousands of civilians in Pakistan, Afghanistan and here in the U.S... and are hell-bent on killing more.

In Yemen, Let's Redeem President Obama's War on Terror Reform Speech

Robert Naiman | Posted 08.06.2013 | World
Robert Naiman

I'm not under any illusions that these demands are going to be met immediately. But here are three things that, following President Obama's speech, I claim are realistic goals for reforming the former "Global War on Terror" in Yemen in the next six months.

As Drone Strikes Grow In Yemen, So Does Collateral Damage

AP | AHMED AL-HAJ and AYA BATRAWY | Posted 05.02.2013 | World

SANAA, Yemen -- The cleric preached in his tiny Yemeni village about the evils of al-Qaida, warning residents to stay away from the group's fighters a...

10 Reflections on Drones (Part I)

Robert Jay Lifton | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics
Robert Jay Lifton

Drones have entered our consciousness. The following reflections do not address legal, political, or military issues, though these have great importance. Rather I seek to begin a conversation about our relationship as human beings to these robotic objects as weapons.

The 'Other' Casualties Of Obama's Drone War

McClatchy | Posted 04.12.2013 | World

WASHINGTON — Contrary to assurances it has deployed U.S. drones only against known senior leaders of al Qaida and allied groups, the Obama administr...

Origins Of Not-So-Secret Drone War Examined

New York Times | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics

Nek Muhammad knew he was being followed....

The Most Disturbing Graphic You'll See Today

Posted 05.26.2013 | World

Pitch Interactive, a Berkeley-based data visualization unit, has created a graphic tracking every drone strike the United States has carried out in Pa...

Iran Denies Capturing New Drone

AP | Posted 02.25.2013 | World

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard is denying that it captured a foreign unmanned aircraft during a military exercise in southern Ira...

PHOTOS: Is The Sky's The Limit?

Posted 02.20.2013 | World

Who had ever heard of the Predator or the Reaper a decade ago? Who could imagine that small, unmanned aircrafts would roam the skies, collect informat...

Obama: Americans Deserve To Know More About Drone War

Reuters | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics

* President insists on need for "checks and balances" * Appears to rule out targeting citizen on U.S. soil * Has intensi...

Michael Calderone

White House Drone Dodge Reminiscent Of Bush Years

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Calderone | Posted 02.06.2013 | Media

NEW YORK -- During Tuesday’s White House briefing, press secretary Jay Carney repeatedly directed reporters asking about the Obama administration’...

Niger Approves U.S. Drone Base In Africa

Reuters | Posted 03.31.2013 | World

NIAMEY, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Niger has given permission for U.S. surveillance drones to be stationed on its territory to improve intelligence on al Qa...

David Wood

The Road Forward: Expanding Drone War Sparks Questions In New Obama Term

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 01.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Without warning in the dead of night of Jan. 3, on a dirt road in a remote region of Pakistan, two missiles slammed into a double-cab pi...

Michael Calderone

Will Media Hold Obama Accountable On Drone Strikes?

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Calderone | Posted 01.16.2013 | Media

NEW YORK -– As President Barack Obama begins his second term next week, the administration's drone war is having a media moment, with an uptick in r...

We Don't Need a New Drone Rulebook: Follow International Law

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 01.26.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Under international law, in an armed conflict the United States can kill members of the armed forces of the enemy, or civilians while they directly participate in hostilities. In Afghanistan, the United States is still clearly in an armed conflict. But where else does the law of armed conflict apply?

Joshua Hersh

Family Members Of Dead Americans Sue CIA, Pentagon Over Targeted Killings

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 07.19.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- Two leading U.S. civil liberties organizations have filed a lawsuit against David Petraeus, Leon Panetta and other senior CIA and milita...

UN Investigator Criticizes U.S. Drone War

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 08.19.2012 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Citing a "dramatic increase" in the United States' use of targeted killings in the last few years, the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Killings has just released a report decrying the lack of accountability in the U.S. overseas killings by unmanned drones.

Officials: White House Offers Concessions On Drone Attacks

AP | KIMBERLY DOZIER | Posted 03.27.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- In a bid to save the CIA's drone campaign against al-Qaida in Pakistan, US officials offered key concessions to Pakistan's spy chief tha...

Surprising Revelations Over Cost Of Drone War

The Huffington Post | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 05.24.2012 | Politics

In the 11 years of America's post-9/11 wars, drones have emerged as a seemingly perfect weapon for fighting elusive enemies. Able to stay aloft for a ...

He Was 22... She Was 12...

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.31.2012 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In what should be a think-outside-the-box moment, the sole lesson Washington seems capable of absorbing is that its failed policy is the only possible policy. Among other things, this means more "incidents," more "mistakes," more "accidents," more dead.

Secretary Doomsday and the Empathy Gap

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tom Engelhardt

If Obama suspended the Bush-era drone war, it would represent a start down a different path, one not already strewn with the skeletons of failed policies.

10 Reflections on Drones (Part II)

Robert Jay Lifton | Posted 04.12.2013 | Politics
Robert Jay Lifton

Drones have become a cure for the disarray and defeat associated with our doctrine of counterinsurgency warfare. But what happens when a weapon embraced as a panacea turns out to be a source of grave error?