Tag Archives: US

Haqqani network designated terrorist organization

Pakistani officials reacted cautiously on Friday to news that the United States had designated the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network as a terrorist group, allaying fears that the move could drive a fresh wedge between the two uneasy allies. The designation order, signed by … Continue reading

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U.S. flew drones out of Australia

It has recently come to light that gigantic (and cost-inefficient) Global Hawks have been flown out of Edinburgh in South Australia. They were probably used to collect imagery on North Korea. The United States flew highly classified Global Hawk spy … Continue reading

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Evidence suggests civilian drone deaths far higher than official figures

Gareth Porter reports on the mismatch between the widely-cited statistics on drone casualties reported by the New America Foundation, and those reports from eye-witness accounts by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and family statements signed under affadivit. Combining the data on the … Continue reading

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Rescuers targeted in drone strikes

As the Bureau of Investigative Journalism reported back in February, “the CIA’s drone campaign in Pakistan has killed dozens of civilians who had gone to help rescue victims or were attending funerals.” Specifically: “at least 50 civilians were killed in follow-up strikes … Continue reading

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U.N. Special Rapporteur urges drone transparency

Amid mounting global pressure and a range of lawsuits, Ben Emmerson QC, the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights, argues that the U.S. must open its program of targeted killings to impartial investigation or face a U.N. inquiry. “We can’t make a … Continue reading

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From Baseworld to Droneworld

Our planet is garrisoned by a network of around 1,100 bases operated by the U.S. military. Many of these sites exist in shadow because they are used for paramilitary operations by Special Forces and the CIA. These bases range in size and … Continue reading

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U.S. Shadow Power

Juan Cole discusses U.S. covert operations in his broad-ranging article. Some of the key points are as follows: Covert operations, despite being part of American history, have become the cutting edge of American state power: drones, electronic surveillance, JSOC, private … Continue reading

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