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US Drone Missiles

David Wood

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

Remotely Piloted War

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 04.24.2012 | World
Tom Engelhardt

Think about it: What does a drone do? Like a modern car factory, it replaces a pilot, a skilled job that takes significant training, with robotics and a degraded version of the same job outsourced elsewhere.

More Drone Strikes In Pakistan?

AP | ISHTIAQ MAHSUD | Posted 01.16.2012 | World

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan — U.S. drones fired missiles at two compounds in northwestern Pakistan near the Afghan border, killing 16 alleged mil...

Pakistan: Drone Attacks Are Wrong, Regardless

Ethan Casey | Posted 09.18.2011 | World
Ethan Casey

Drone attacks are wrong. I'm sure to be called an appeaser of terrorists for saying that, particularly in light of the latest events in Mumbai. But I ...

The Case for Drones

Raza Habib Raja | Posted 09.12.2011 | World
Raza Habib Raja

More than 35,000 people in Pakistan have died due to religious terrorism and yet our media and urban middle class is more worried about drones which aim at perpetrators of those horrendous crimes.

Yemen: The Bidding Begins

Michael Brenner | Posted 08.06.2011 | World
Michael Brenner

We have no candidate of our own in a wide open contest for the next Yemini strongman. So we revert to our rote formula. The great game that we call the 'war on terror' goes on -- and on.

Pakistani Officials: U.S. Drone Strike Kills At Least 5 Along Afghanistan Border

AP | RIAZ KHAN | Posted 07.11.2011 | World

SHABQADAR, Pakistan — Twin explosions struck a paramilitary training center in northwestern Pakistan on Friday, killing at least 68 people &ndas...

U.S. Missiles Kill Multiple People In Pakistan Tribal Region

AP | CHRIS BRUMMITT | Posted 06.21.2011 | World

ISLAMABAD — U.S. missiles killed 25 people in an al-Qaida and Taliban sanctuary close to the Afghan border on Friday, Pakistani officials said, ...

Taking the War Out of Air War: What U.S. Air Power Actually Does

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

U.S. air power is a form of warfare which guarantees the American side quite literal, godlike invulnerability. Can it be war if one side is never in danger?

U.S. Pushing Pakistan For Expanded Drone Operation Areas

Washington Post | Greg Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ISLAMABAD - The United States has renewed pressure on Pakistan to expand the areas where CIA drones can operate inside the country, reflecting concern...

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.

Drones Use Smaller Bombs But Still Raise Big Concerns for Civilians

Chris Rogers | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Rogers

Efforts to minimize civilian casualties by any warring party are welcome. But we must not make the mistake of thinking technology is a substitute for transparency and accountability.

America Detached from War: Bush's Pilotless Dream, Smoking Drones, and Other Strange Tales From the Crypt

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

The drone is our latest wonder weapon and a bragging point in a set of wars where there has been little enough to brag about.

Are Drone Strikes Legal? Koh Offers Assurances, Not Answers

Chris Rogers | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Rogers

Following years of official silence, State Department Legal Adviser 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.

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.

State Department To Produce Legal Justification for Drone Attacks

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

State Department Legal Adviser Harold Koh has promised to produce the Obama administration's legal justification for its increased use of drone strikes. Let's hope that moment comes soon.

The Predictable and Inevitable Blowback

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Sirota

Imagine an alternate universe -- a foreign military power begins flying remote-controlled warplanes over your town, using on-board missiles to kill hundreds of your innocent neighbors. How would you and your fellow citizens respond?

Drone Pilots Wage War From American Soil

Spiegel International | Marc Pitzke | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Drone pilots sit in air-conditioned rooms far away from the anti-terror wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. They guide their weapons systems with joysticks ...

Operation Breakfast Redux: Could Pakistan 2010 Go the Way of Cambodia 1969?

Pratap Chatterjee | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Pratap Chatterjee

Many pundits have compared the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to Vietnam. A more provocative analogy might be between the CIA's escalating drone war in Pakistan and Nixon's secret bombing campaign against Cambodia.

"Pretend Secrecy" Shields the White House from a Drone Missile Debate

Sanjeev Bery | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sanjeev Bery

It is time to set aside the notion that U.S. drone missile attacks in Pakistan are some kind of secret.

US Forces Mounted Secret Pakistan Raids In Hunt For Al-Qaida Without Pakistan's Knowledge

The Guardian | Declan Walsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

American special forces have conducted multiple clandestine raids into Pakistan's tribal areas as part of a secret war in the border region where Wash...

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.

Why Military Dreams Fail -- and Why It Doesn't Matter

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Robot war. It just couldn't be cooler, could it? Especially if the only blood you spill is the other guy's, since our "pilots" are flying those planes from thousands of miles away. So why am I not excited?

US Steps Up Drone Missile Attacks In Pakistan

AP | CHRIS BRUMMITT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ISLAMABAD — The United States has unleashed an unprecedented number of missile attacks by unmanned drones in northwest Pakistan over the last tw...

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...