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Do U.S. drone kills need an oversight board? How would it work?

Do US drone kills need an oversight board? How would it work? (+video) Should the US establish some sort of secret court to conduct judicial oversight of drone strikes used to kill terror suspects? That’s an idea that’s been discussed for some time in Congress and in Washington national security…

Yemen militants killed in suspected U.S. drone raid

A suspected US drone strike in Yemen’s southeastern Shabwa province has killed five Al-Qaeda-affiliated militants, a local government official said on Tuesday. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official said a “US drone” targeted the five men late on Monday in Shabwa, a mostly lawless region of Yemen where the extremist group has expanded…

U.S. drone now Iran’s property: defense minister

A US drone captured by Iran is now the property of the Islamic republic, Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi said Tuesday, dismissing a request by US President Barack Obama for its return. “The American espionage drone is now Iran’s property, and our country will decide what steps to take regarding it,” Vahidi was quoted as saying by ISNA news agency.…

Pakistan threatens to pull back troops after U.S. cuts aid

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan threatened Tuesday to pull back troops from the Afghan border in response to US aid cuts, defying American demands to open new fronts in the war on Al-Qaeda and escalating tensions with Washington. “I think the next step is, the government or the armed forces will move…

U.S. drones kill 25 militants in Pakistan

A volley of US missile strikes killed 25 militants after destroying their compounds in Pakistan’s lawless tribal areas on the Afghan border, security officials said Tuesday. Twin drone attacks hit militant strongholds in North and South Waziristan 12 hours apart, as the United States announced it was suspending more than…

U.S. drone strike kills 10 militants in Pakistan

A US drone strike targeting a compound in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal belt on the Afghan border on Monday killed at least 10 militants, local security officials said. Two unmanned aircraft fired four missiles, hitting the compound and a vehicle parked in the Gorwaik area of Datta Khel town, 45 kilometres…

British drone kills four Afghan civilians

LONDON — A British Royal Air Force drone killed four Afghan civilians and injured two more during an attack on a Taliban commander, the Ministry of Defence confirmed Wednesday. The defence department verified a report in Britain’s Guardian newspaper which revealed that four civilians died when a Reaper drone being…

Britain ‘to work on military drone with France’

PARIS — France and Britain plan to set up a joint team to oversee the possible development of an unmanned military aircraft, French Defence Minister Gerard Longuet said on Monday at the Paris Air Show. The team will be based in Britain and charged with drawing up requirements for a…

U.S. drones kill eight militants in Pakistan: officials

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan (AFP) – US missiles killed eight militants in separate strikes Wednesday on Pakistan’s lawless tribal district, an insurgent stronghold along the Afghan border, security officials said. Washington has called Pakistan’s semi-autonomous northwest tribal region the most dangerous place on Earth and the global headquarters of Al-Qaeda, where Taliban…

US drone strikes kill 18 in Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AFP) – US missiles killed 18 militants in Pakistan’s tribal district of South Waziristan on Monday, destroying compounds and a vehicle in the deadliest drone strikes for months, local officials said. Three strikes were reported just days after Pakistani officials said they believed senior Al-Qaeda commander Ilyas Kashmiri…

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