Category Archives: Middle East

The Drone Papers Digested: The “Assassination Complex”

In what follows, I want to summarize the main findings from the release of the “drone papers” by the Intercept in late 2015. These documents, from a 2013 Pentagon report, offer a snapshot of U.S. manhunting by JSOC Special Forces … Continue reading

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Confirmed: Saudi Arabia hosts U.S. drone base

In news that isn’t really “news”, a number of media outlets are confirming what most already knew, that Saudi Arabia is hosting a U.S. drone base. The September 2011 strike against Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen – a U.S. al-Qaeda cleric … Continue reading

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UAE wanted Predator drones back in 2004

A previously unpublished secret cable dated July 28, 2004 details a meeting in Abu Dhabi between then US CENTCOM commander General John Abizaid and UAE Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan, who also serves as chief … Continue reading

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