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Pakistan Drone Strikes

CIA Winds Down Drone Strike Program In Pakistan

AP | KEN DILANIAN | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA's targeted killing program in Pakistan, once the mainstay of President Barack Obama's counterterrorism effort, is winding ...

The Afghan Ballet: Why Washington Doesn't Want to Leave Afghanistan

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Washington and Kabul have, for endless months, been performing a strange pas de deux over the issue of American withdrawal. The less Karzai complied, the more Obama administration and Pentagon officials betrayed an overwhelming need to stay.

Father of Pakistani Drone Victim Allegedly Kidnapped by Pakistani State

Medea Benjamin | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

In October 2012, I was with a CODEPINK delegation in Pakistan meeting families impacted by U.S. drone strikes. Kareem Khan, a journalist from the tribal area of Waziristan, told us the heartbreaking story of a drone strike that killed his son and brother.

Hope for a New Paradigm in U.S.-Pakistani Relations?

Prem M. Trivedi | Posted 03.29.2014 | Politics
Prem M. Trivedi

The need for a paradigm shift in the bilateral relationship appears to be an idea whose time has come within the U.S. foreign policy community. A revived U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue has the potential to launch a different kind of strategic framework.

Nabila's Plea: The Case Against Congressional Apathy

Jihad Al-Jabban | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Jihad Al-Jabban

Beyond the controversy of drone strikes is the issue with Congress's deplorable conduct. On that day Nabila and her family shared their heartfelt testimony, 430 representatives missed the opportunity to learn about the implications of the drone strike policy.

Matt Sledge

Why Won't The State Department Let This Man Speak To Congress

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 09.24.2013 | World

Before he started representing Pakistani victims of U.S. drone strikes, Shahzad Akbar never had trouble entering the United States. But now the Pakist...

Project To Name Pakistanis Killed In U.S. Drone Strikes

The Huffington Post | Hunter Stuart | Posted 09.24.2013 | World

A nonprofit organization launched a project on Monday that aims to identify people killed by U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan, reportedly in response to...

Kerry: U.S. Drone Strikes In Pakistan Could End In Near Future

AP | DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 10.01.2013 | World

ISLAMABAD -- The United States and Pakistan agreed Thursday to restart high-level talks on security and other issues, yet the two sides still deeply m...

Kerry In Pakistan To Ease Tensions Over U.S. Drones

AP | DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 09.30.2013 | World

ISLAMABAD — A new set of players but the same lingering issues are confronting John Kerry on his first visit to Pakistan as U.S. secretary of st...

U.S. Limits Drone Strikes In Pakistan Amid Criticism

AP | KATHY GANNON and SEBASTIAN ABBOT | Posted 07.25.2013 | World

ISLAMABAD -- The United States has drastically scaled back the number of drone attacks against militants in Pakistan and limited strikes to high-value...

Leaked Pakistani Document Exposes Civilian, Child Casaulties Of Drone War

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 07.22.2013 | World

London's Bureau of Investigative Journalism released a leaked Pakistani report on Monday that details numerous civilian casualties by drone strikes in...

American Killed By Drone Was Arrested By Pakistan In 2008

AP | RIAZ KHAN | Posted 07.23.2013 | World

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — An American citizen killed in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan in 2011 was arrested by Pakistani authorities three years ear...

Reevaluating the Usefulness of Predator Drone Strikes: A Bostonian Perspective

Brian Glyn Williams | Posted 07.08.2013 | World
Brian Glyn Williams

While there is no such thing as an excusable killing of a civilian, these statistics, and the constant pressure to prevent further terror acts on American soil, somewhat mitigate the harm caused by the CIA's controversial drone assassination campaign.

U.S. Drone Strikes Causing Mental Health Crisis In Pakistan

Agence France Presse | Guillaume Lavallee | Posted 06.09.2013 | World

After nine friends and relatives were killed in a US drone strike four years ago, Mohammed Fahim took tranquillisers to blot out the nightmares.The 19...

Drones: An Outlier In A Transparent Presidency

Sarah Holewinski | Posted 03.18.2013 | Politics
Sarah Holewinski

Who is targeted, why, how and what civilian protection measures are put in place are unknown to anyone but a tight inner circle of policy makers -- an about-face for a president who pledged a transparent government in his first term. And Congress is following his lead.

The Truth About Obama's Drone Campaign: It's About Attrition, Not Decapitation

Alexander B. Downes | Posted 03.18.2013 | Politics
Alexander B. Downes

Drone strikes are mostly killing low-level Pakistani militants, not al Qaeda leaders. This strategy is unlikely to cause the collapse of al Qaeda or even the Pakistani Taliban and may have counterproductive effects. Obama's second term may therefore require new thinking on drones.

David Wood

Cheap And Deadly, U.S. Drones Ignite Global Arms Race In Unmanned Strike Weapons

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 11.27.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- The drone wars are here. While President Obama ponders new legal and moral guidelines to govern America's growing use of armed robot ...

Mr. President: How Do You Define Precise?

Robert Greenwald | Posted 01.18.2013 | World
Robert Greenwald

Currently in Pakistan filming with victims of drone attacks, I have never had a more haunting and harrowing experience than looking into the eyes of person after person, and hearing them talk about their homes, villages and families destroyed by drone attacks.

When a Drone Flies Over Waziristan, Does It Make a Sound?

Robert Naiman | Posted 10.17.2012 | World
Robert Naiman

"The U.S. missile-attacks destroy militant training compounds and cars but they also hit mosques, homes, religious schools and civilian vehicles. I witnessed the fear, stress and depression this causes for the tribal communities on a visit to the region in May."

Why I'm Going to Pakistan: Under Scrutiny, the Drone Strike Policy Will Fall

Robert Naiman | Posted 11.28.2012 | World
Robert Naiman

Most Democrats want to get U.S. troops the hell out of Afghanistan (outside of Official Washington, most Republicans agree.) But, the story goes, these Democrats have to have an "alternative," and the "alternative" is drone strikes.

4 Suspected Pakistani Militants Killed By U.S. Missiles

AP | MUNIR AHMED | Posted 09.22.2012 | World

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistani intelligence officials say a U.S. drone has fired two missiles at a vehicle in northwest Pakistan, killing four suspected milit...

Drones and Collateral Damage

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 09.04.2012 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

As public opinion in Pakistan increasingly sees the U.S. as an enemy and not an ally, President Obama should assert his moral authority regarding the drone program and restore the human element to the use of military force.

Drone Strikes Kill 4 Suspected Militants In Pakistan

AP | ISHTIAQ MAHSUD | Posted 08.26.2012 | World

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan — Pakistani intelligence officials say a U.S. drone has fired two missiles at a house in northwest Pakistan, killing ...

Clinton Defends Drone Strikes

Reuters | Posted 08.07.2012 | World

By Arshad Mohammed ISTANBUL, June 7 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday implicitly defended Washington's u...

Pakistan Slams Spike In Drone Strikes

Posted 08.04.2012 | World

ISLAMABAD, June 4 (Reuters) - Pakistan on Monday strongly condemned a jump in U.S. drone strikes on its territory, using language that could increas...