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Iran’s strike on US drone demonstrates the fragility of uneasy peace | guardian.co.uk

A mid-air incident in which Iranian warplanes opened fire on a US surveillance drone high over the Persian Gulf has brought home how nuclear tensions and increased military hardware in a confined area can lead to a clash that could escalate out of control. Western officials are concerned that minority elements on both sides of the confrontation in the region ...

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Body Counts | Counterpunch

The Human Cost of the War on Terror by M. REZA PIRBHAI In the early days of the ‘War on Terror,’ US General Tommy Franks declared, “We don’t do body counts.” He was referring, of course, to the dead of Afghanistan. That the names of 9/11 victims have been appropriately written in stone, only makes it doubly striking that the ...

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CIA ‘revives attacks on rescuers’ in Pakistan | TBIJ

CIA drones are reportedly reviving the use of highly-controversial tactics that target rescuers and funeral-goers. On Monday US drones attacked rescuers in Waziristan in western Pakistan minutes after an initial strike, killing 16 people in total according to the BBC. On May 28, drones were also reported to have returned to the attack in Khassokhel near Mir Ali. And on ...

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Drone attacks create terrorist safe havens, warns former CIA official | guardian.co.uk

Indiscriminate use of drones in Middle East causes too many civilian casualties, warns former CIA counterterrorism head by Paul Harris in New York A former top terrorism official at the CIA has warned that President Barack Obama’s controversial drone programme is far too indiscriminate in hitting targets and could lead to such political instability that it creates terrorist safe havens. ...

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A Drone-Eat-Drone World | RSN

US military documents tell the story vividly. In the Gulf of Guinea, off the coast of West Africa, an unmanned mini-submarine deployed from the USS Freedom detects an “anomaly”: another small remotely-operated sub with welding capabilities tampering with a major undersea oil pipeline. The American submarine’s “smart software” classifies the action as a possible threat and transmits the information to ...

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Those Children Weren’t Civilians – Says Nobody | FAIR Blog

On Sunday, there were reports of a NATO airstrike in the eastern Paktia province of Afghanistan. The early reports said that a family of eight was killed, as the New York Times reported: The casualties took place in eastern Paktia province on Saturday night when the family’s home was hit by a bomb, said Rohullah Samoon, a spokesman for the ...

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NATO urged to investigate civilian deaths in Libya | BBC News

A leading human rights organisation has urged NATO to investigate fully the deaths of civilians in air strikes in Libya last year. Human Rights Watch believes NATO air strikes killed at least 72 civilians and says the organisation needs to bear responsibility where appropriate. “We’re calling for prompt, credible and thorough investigations,” HRW’s Fred Abrahams told BBC News. NATO insists ...

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Syria mired in blame game over Damascus bombs | guardian.co.uk

Assad regime points finger at opposition fighters, who in turn claim attacks were carried out by government troops The question of who was behind the latest grim images from Syria – of bomb craters, blast-damaged buildings, burned-out vehicles charred corpses and body parts – was being asked even before the smoke had cleared. Syrian state media quickly blamed unidentified terrorists ...

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Drone attacks and the Brennan doctrine | Naureen Shah, guardian.co.uk

Finally, the Obama administration admits US drone strikes kill civilians – yet demands we trust its say-so on who is a terrorist In remarks on Monday, US counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan admitted for the first time that US drones have killed civilians. “It is exceedingly rare, but it has happened,” he said. With his sources in the intelligence community, Brennan ...

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