Category Archives: Afghanistan

An Empire of Bases and Special Forces: Garrisoning the Globe

In what follows, I explore the U.S. military’s global basing and Special Forces strategy. The article updates a lot of my own previous writing on the U.S. military’s “Baseworld” or “Droneworld,” and gives fresh statistics on the number of U.S. … Continue reading

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The Dronification of State Violence, Part IV: The Predator

Previous section: The Dronification of State Violence, Part III: The Drone War Paper Trail The Predator “The bar for war had been lowered, the remote-controlled age had begun, and the killer drones became an object of fascination inside the CIA.”—Mark Mazzetti[1] … Continue reading

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The Dronification of State Violence, Part III: The Drone War Paper Trail

Previous section: The Dronification of State Violence, Part II: Historical Origins The Paper Trail So far, we have provided some of the broad-brush strokes of the CIA’s partnership with Pakistan’s ISI. Yet in analyzing the CIA, it is easy to “black … Continue reading

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The Dronification of State Violence, Part II: Historical Origins

Previous section: Life and Death in the West Wing Historical Origins of the Predator War in Pakistan In this section, we briefly trace the geographic and historical antecedents of the Predator war in Pakistan. The objective is to highlight the institutional … Continue reading

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UK drones three times more likely to strike than U.S. in Afghanistan

From the Bureau of Investigative Journalism: British forces have carried out 299 drone strikes in Afghanistan, defence minister Andrew Robathan announced in Parliament yesterday. This is the first time the British government has announced how many drone strikes it has … Continue reading

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CIA begins exit from Afghanistan

Greg Miller from the Washington Post reports on the closing of CIA bases in Afghanistan. In tandem with the expected drawdown of 63,000 US troops in 2014, the spy agency is consolidating its territorial extent to a handful of bases. … Continue reading

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US drone strikes in Afghanistan more deadly than manned

According to a study by Larry Lewis, adviser to the military’s Joint Staff, and Sarah Holewinski of the non-governmental organization Center for Civilians in Conflict, U.S. drone strikes in Afghanistan result in significantly more civilian deaths than regular fighter jets … Continue reading

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