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US Gives $1.3M to Family of Aid Worker Killed by Drone

Giovanni Lo Porto was an al-Qaeda hostage killed in Pakistan in 2015

(Newser) - La Repubblica and the Telegraph say it's a "donation in memory," not compensation, but whatever the term, the US government has agreed to pay around $1.3 million to the family of an Italian aid worker killed by a drone strike in Pakistan, the BBC reports.... More »

US May Get Sued for Dronestrike on Taliban Chief

His driver's family says he was innocent, seeking legal action

(Newser) - A DNA test has confirmed that Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US drone strike, Pakistan's interior ministry said Sunday, as the family of a driver killed in the strike sought legal action. On Sunday, the family of Mansour's driver—identified as Mohammed Azam—... More »

Taliban: Yes, Leader Killed in US Strike

Afghan officials confirm death of Mullah Mansour, key figure blocking peace process

(Newser) - A senior commander of the Afghan Taliban confirmed Sunday that the group's leader, Mullah Mohammed Akhtar Mansour, has been killed in a US drone strike. Mullah Abdul Rauf, who recently reconciled with Mansour after initially rebelling against his ascension to the leadership, told the AP that Mansour died in... More »

US Airstrike May Have Killed Taliban Leader Mullah Mansour

The drone strike took place on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border

(Newser) - The Pentagon has announced that the US has conducted an airstrike targeting Taliban leader Mullah Mansour, the AP reports. One American official says the U.S. believes Mansour was killed in a drone strike authorized by President Barack Obama. Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said the attack occurred in a... More »

What It's Like to Be on America's 'Kill List'

Malik Jalal describes his life, being hunted by drones

(Newser) - Malik Jalal has been targeted by drones four times, resulting in the death of many innocent bystanders and members of Jalal's own family being killed and seriously injured. He's on the "Kill List" of America and its allies, he explains in an essay for the Independent , and... More »

Coming Soon: Official Death Toll of US Drone Strikes

But it won't cover those in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria

(Newser) - The White House has for the first time promised to release the death toll of civilian and non-civilian casualties from US drone strikes going back to 2009, reports the Guardian . Or at least some drone strikes: The disclosure won't cover those in areas of "active hostilities" such as... More »

Britain to Accept 20K Migrants, But Is It Enough?

France is taking 24K over the next 2 years

(Newser) - Austria and Germany have already accepted thousands of migrants fleeing the Middle East—now it's Britain's turn. British Prime Minister David Cameron said today that the UK will house up to 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020, the BBC reports. Britain has a "moral responsibility" to help,... More »

Pakistan Now Has Its Own Killer Drones

Army says strike hit 'high profile' militants

(Newser) - Pakistan used its first-ever armed drone today, killing three "high profile" militants near the Afghan border, according to the army. The missiles hit a compound in the Shawal valley of the Waziristan tribal region, a Pakistani army statement said. Pakistan first displayed the drone at a military parade earlier... More »

US Drone Strike Killed Afghan ISIS Leader: Report

Shahidullah Shahid used to be a Taliban spokesman until they kicked him out

(Newser) - A senior ISIS leader in Afghanistan was killed in a US drone strike Tuesday in the Nangarhar province, an Afghan news channel reports, per USA Today . "It was confirmed today that a senior leader of (ISIS) for Khorasan region, Shahidullah Shahid, has been killed in a drone strike,"... More »

Hostage's Family Paid $250K Ransom, Got Nothing

Warren Weinstein's captors received money in 2012, say reports

(Newser) - It's one more wrenching detail in the death of American hostage Warren Weinstein, who was killed in error by a US drone strike. It turns out that his family paid his abductors $250,000 in 2012 for his release, to no avail, reports the Wall Street Journal and Foreign ... More »

Experts: Obama's 'Deadly Mistakes' Probably Legal

Weinstein's congressman slams 'sobering' drone failure

(Newser) - The accidental killing of two Western hostages in a drone strike was what President Obama calls a "deadly mistake"—and despite protests from the ACLU and others, it appears to have been a legal one, experts say. "I don't initially see legal problems," an assistant... More »

When Taken, US Hostage Was About to Return Home

Warren Weinstein was abducted by al-Qaeda, eventually killed by US drone strike

(Newser) - Stories recounting the life of Warren Weinstein—the 73-year-old American accidentally killed by a US drone strike after nearly four years as an al-Qaeda hostage—tend to mention one detail up high: When the aid worker was abducted in Lahore, Pakistan, in 2011, he was just days away from returning... More »

Al-Qaeda in Yemen: Drone Took Out Our No. 1 Cleric

Ibrahim al-Rubaish was released from Gitmo in 2006, rose to prominence

(Newser) - Yemen's al-Qaeda branch announced today via Twitter that its top cleric, a Saudi national who has had a $5 million bounty on his head, has been killed. Ibrahim al-Rubaish was killed, along with other, unnamed members of the group, allegedly by a drone late Sunday. The statement didn't... More »

French Bomb-Maker Believed Killed in US Airstrike

David 'Daoud' Drugeon targeted in airstrikes on Khorasan group

(Newser) - The US reportedly took out a high-value target in its latest drone strikes in Syria: French bomb-maker David (Daoud) Drugeon, a 24-year-old convert to Islam and member of the Khorasan Group , "well-placed military sources" tell Fox News . The Predator drone likely fatally injured the driver of the vehicle in... More »

After 6-Month Hiatus, Drone Strikes Again Hit Pakistan

At least 13 killed overnight

(Newser) - Missiles from US drones slammed into militant hideouts overnight in northwestern Pakistan, killing 13 suspected insurgents and marking the resumption of the CIA-led program after a nearly six-month break, officials said today. The two separate drone strikes sparked swift condemnation by the Pakistani government. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said... More »

US Rejected Iraq's Call for Airstrikes

Militants vow to take fight to Baghdad

(Newser) - As the scale of the threat from militants who have now seized several Iraqi cities became clear, Iraq's government asked the US to strike militant positions—only to find Washington, somewhat unsurprisingly, reluctant to become involved in new military action in the country. Requests for both manned and unmanned... More »

Secret Drone Strike Memo to Be Released

Move comes as fight over Barron nomination looms

(Newser) - The Obama administration has decided to release a secret memo explaining its justification for killing American citizens in drone strikes overseas, sources tell the AP . The decision comes as the Senate prepares to vote on the nomination of the memo's author, David Barron, to the 1st US Circuit Court... More »

Rand Paul: I'll Filibuster Drone Memo Author

He vows to block Obama judicial nominee

(Newser) - Rand Paul has vowed to do his best to block another President Obama nominee over drone policy. The GOP senator from Kentucky says he plans to filibuster the nomination of David Barron to the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals over Barron's authorship of at least two memos justifying drone... More »

Feds Ordered to Release Targeted Killing Memo

Secret papers were used to justify killing US citizens

(Newser) - The Obama administration needs to release secret papers explaining its legal justification for killing American citizens in drone strikes overseas, a federal appeals court has ruled. The court decided that public statements from officials including President Obama and the release of a Justice Department "white paper" on targeted killings... More »

Drone in Yemen Kills 9 al-Qaeda Suspects: Officials

3 civilians killed in attack: reports

(Newser) - A drone strike in southern Yemen killed at least nine suspected al-Qaeda militants and three civilians today, authorities said. A Yemeni military official said the strike hit a vehicle carrying the militants in the Sawmaa area in the al-Bayda province as another car carrying civilians passed by. A medical official... More »

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