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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 »

Pakistani Girl's Face Greets US Drone Operators

Artists unfurl huge poster to deter airstrikes

(Newser) - In a field in Pakistan, an international group of artists has installed a huge portrait of a girl's face to remind US drone operators who's really living down there, Yahoo reports. Locals helped unroll the 90'x60' poster two weeks ago in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa area of northwest... More »

Report: Drones Killing Innocents Based on NSA Metadata

Greenwald launches site with new allegations

(Newser) - America's drone program is "absolutely" killing innocent people because it launches strikes solely based on NSA phone metadata and tracking technologies, a former drone pilot tells Glenn Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill, in the first post for Greenwald's much-hyped new media venture, The Intercept . The NSA's involvement... More »

US Debating Whether to Kill American Suspect via Drone

Justice Department building its case against the suspected terrorist

(Newser) - Amid reports that the Obama administration is easing up on drone strikes in Pakistan comes a report of an entirely different flavor: that the US is trying to decide whether to kill one of its own citizens via drone strike. This according to the AP , which has spoken with four... More »

US Reining In Drone Strikes in Pakistan—Maybe

But White House official denies claim

(Newser) - With Pakistan looking to forge peace with the Pakistani Taliban, the US is reducing its drone strikes in the country at Islamabad's request, US officials tell the Washington Post : "That’s what they asked for, and we didn't tell them no." The Post sees the fact... More »

US Drone Strike Takes Out Somali Militant Commander

'Dangerous' al-Shabab leader killed by missile

(Newser) - A missile fired from an American drone killed a militant commander in Somalia, a military official tells Reuters . Another militant commander confirmed to the AP that the strike in a southern village had killed Sahal Iskudhuq—who is believed to be close to al-Shabab's top leader—as well as... More »

Obama: Weed Is Not 'More Dangerous Than Alcohol'

David Remnick profiles the cautious president

(Newser) - President Obama takes the long view, considers the odds in any decision, sees both sides of the story, doesn't particularly like schmoozing—ring a bell? David Remnick's New Yorker profile won't exactly change your view of the president, but it does offer a few news nuggets, like... More »

Deadly Mistake: Airstrike Hits Yemen Wedding Convoy

But suspected al-Qaeda fighters may have been in party, says one official

(Newser) - Apparently wedding parties look a lot like al-Qaeda convoys from the air? In what local media is calling a drone attack, at least 13 people were killed on their way to a wedding in Yemen yesterday; another 5 were injured, the AP reports. Reuters puts the death toll at 15.... More »

US: Sorry About Drone Strike That Killed Child

Top commander apologizes to Hamid Karzai

(Newser) - The top US commander in Afghanistan apologized to President Hamid Karzai for a drone strike that killed a child and NATO promised an investigation today as rising tensions threatened efforts to persuade the Afghan leader to sign a long-delayed security agreement. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford called Karzai late yesterday to... More »

Pakistani Party Blows CIA Station Chief's Cover

Former cricket star's party wants him tried for murder over drone strike

(Newser) - A political party in Pakistan has publicly identified the top CIA spy in the country—and it wants him interrogated and put on trial over a recent US drone strike, reports the Guardian . The PTI party, notably led by a former cricket star named Imran Khan, identified the Islamabad station... More »

US Strike on Taliban Leader Kills Peace Efforts: Pakistan

Militants said to have picked new chief

(Newser) - Seeking peace, Pakistani officials were due to meet with Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud today—a day after the US reportedly killed him in a drone attack . Now, Pakistani officials are expressing outrage over the strike, and they've summoned the US ambassador to make their views known, the BBC... More »

US Drones Kill Taliban Chief: Officials

Hakimullah Mehsud goes down in strike a day after peace talks begin

(Newser) - A US drone has taken out Hakimullah Mehsud , the head of the Pakistani Taliban, along with four other suspected militants, US and Pakistani officials tell the AP . Mehsud has been near the top of the CIA's most wanted list thanks to his alleged role in a December 2009 suicide... More »

Only 5 Lawmakers Listen to Drone Survivors Testify

Story of grandmother's death brings translator to tears

(Newser) - The Congressional testimony of a Pakistani elementary school teacher and his children about the killing of his mother by a US drone brought the translator tasked with relaying their story to tears yesterday. The number of lawmakers who showed up to listen? Five, the Guardian reports. Rafiq ur Rehman told... More »

Drone Reportedly Kills Al-Shabab Bomb Expert

Attack shows US increasingly worried about Somali militants

(Newser) - A United States military strike hit a vehicle carrying senior members of an al-Qaida-linked militant group in Somalia today, killing at least two people. An al-Shabab member who gave his name as Abu Mohamed said one of those killed was al-Shabab's top explosives expert, known as Anta. He said... More »

Pakistan, Bush Made Secret Drone-Strike Deal

Meanwhile, top-secret CIA documents show Islamabad was kept in the loop

(Newser) - Though Pakistan has often condemned US drone strikes—this week, PM Nawaz Sharif called them an obstacle in the countries' relationship—officials there reportedly signed a secret deal with the Bush administration regarding the attacks. "The exact terms were never shared with civilians, but there was a protocol between... More »

Amnesty: US Drone Deaths Could Be War Crimes

Hits on Pakistani civilians need to be investigated, group warns

(Newser) - The US should comply with international law and fully investigate reports of civilians killed and wounded by CIA drone strikes in Pakistan, Amnesty International says in a report released today. It provided new details about the alleged victims of such attacks, including a 68-year-old grandmother hit while farming with her... More »

Raids Indicate Obama Is Souring on Drone Strikes

Official says they were trying to limit civilian casualties

(Newser) - The US' twin raids in Somalia and Libya are a sign that the Obama administration wants to ease off on its controversial drone strikes, and give the military a greater role in fighting terrorists, US officials tell the LA Times . While officials could have used drone-fired missiles to take out... More »

Al-Qaeda Engineers Take Aim at Drones: Secret File

No real success yet in quest to develop counterdrone strategy

(Newser) - Al-Qaeda has engineers, and those engineers have been handed a mission: Figure out how to mess with American drones. The Washington Post takes a look at the effort, noting right off the bat that there are thus far no indications that al-Qaeda has actually managed to take down or interfere... More »

US Drones Batter Yemen Some More

34 suspected militants killed since July 27

(Newser) - Amid continuing US concerns over al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the drone death toll in Yemen has reached 34 since July 27, by Yemeni officials' count. Yesterday, a trio of strikes killed 14 suspected militants, the BBC reports. The attacks occurred in Mareb and Hadramout provinces; they all hit cars,... More »

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