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US Outsourcing African Spy Missions

US contractors have been searching for Joseph Kony for years, with contractors

(Newser) - The US was searching for Lord's Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony for years before it sent troops to central Africa last year , but it was using American contractors instead of the military, the Washington Post finds in a detailed look at the program code-named "Tusker Sand." Private... More »

CIA Agents Helping Libyan Rebels

Meanwhile, Britain Says Libya Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa Defected

(Newser) - CIA operatives are on the ground in Libya helping anti-Gadhafi rebels, reports the New York Times . They're apparently not in combat mode—instead they're collecting intelligence on military movements to guide airstrikes and setting up communication with the rebels. British agents are doing the same. The report lends credence to... More »

CIA Has Covert 3,000-Man Army in Pakistan

NPR confirms book's report

(Newser) - Most of the reporting on Bob Woodward’s new book has focused on the internal strife in the Obama administration (see our item on that here .) But JJ Sutherland of NPR noticed another revelation in the recap by the Washington Post : The CIA has a clandestine 3,000-man paramilitary... More »

UN Report Rips US for 'Inhuman' Attack on Afghan Civilians

Troops 'killed pregnant women, then beat survivors'

(Newser) - Covert US and Afghan troops killed two pregnant women and a teen girl in a botched raid last month, then inflicted "cruel and inhuman" treatment on the innocent survivors, according to a scathing UN report. In all, 5 members of a single family were killed as relatives gathered to... More »

CIA Terminates Blackwater Deal

Security firm helped load killer drones in Afghanistan, Pakistan

(Newser) - The Central Intelligence Agency has severed ties with private security firm Blackwater, whose employees helped load the drone aircraft tasked with killing targets in Afghanistan and Pakistan. CIA chief Leon Panetta killed the contract, a rep tells the New York Times , which was instrumental in revealing the firm’s ties... More »

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