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US officials: Drone strike kills five ‘militants’ in NW Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A US drone attack late on Sunday killed at least five militants in northwest Pakistan’s lawless South Waziristan tribal district, officials said. The drone strike was the first since a US gunman shot and killed two Pakistanis in the eastern city of Lahore on January 27, triggering…

67% of Pakistani journalists say US drones attacks are acts of terrorism: survey

WASHINGTON – Two out of three Pakistani journalists view United States drone strikes in the region as acts of terrorism, according to a new study conducted by Washington State University and Pakistan’s Lahore University of Management Sciences. Only 27 percent of Pakistani journalists said the US drone attacks did not…

New drone spy cameras fail Air Force test: study

WASHINGTON — A much-touted new camera system for US unmanned aircraft that is supposed to bolster surveillance efforts in Afghanistan has proved ineffective in tests, a US Air Force report concluded. The surveillance system, dubbed Gorgon Stare after the mythical Greek creature whose terrifying gaze turned others to stone, has…

Taliban torch 16 NATO tankers in Pakistan

QUETTA, Pakistan (AFP) – Taliban militants in southwestern Pakistan set ablaze 16 vehicles carrying fuel supplies for NATO troops in Afghanistan on Saturday, officials said. The convoy was attacked before dawn outside the town of Dera Murad Jamali, some 400 kilometres (250 miles) southeast of Quetta, the capital of restive…

Under the radar: Unmanned Mexican orbiter drone crashes in El Paso

It’s not just the US using drones anymore: it’s Mexico too, and they’re literally crashing in our own backyard. On Tuesday of last week, a small Mexican drone crashed in the El Paso Valley, as far as a half-mile into the United States. Little is known about the crash or…

Top US spy in Pakistan flees after lawsuit reveals identity

Update: Pakistani military intelligence suspected of revealing CIA station chief’s identify Following the revelation on Friday of the abrupt departure of CIA station chief Jonathan Banks from Pakistan, the New York Times is reporting that “some American officials [are] convinced that the officer’s cover was deliberately blown by Pakistan’s military…

Pakistani journalist calls for death penalty for CIA station chief

A Pakistani journalist who says he lost his family in a US drone strike has sued the CIA for $500 million, and is filing a request to keep the CIA’s alleged station chief in Islamabad from leaving the country. “We appeal to the authorities not to let Jonathan Banks escape…

Pakistan tribesman ‘to sue CIA’ over drone deaths

A Pakistani tribesman is seeking 500 million dollars in compensation from the CIA after his son and brother were killed in America’s covert drone war against Al-Qaeda, his lawyer said Monday. Kareem Khan from North Waziristan, the district on the Afghan border where the US campaign has stepped up in…

Report: Spy agencies bust terror plot targeting UK, France, Germany

Intelligence agencies have disrupted an Al-Qaeda-linked plot to launch terror attacks in Britain, France and Germany, a report said, citing intelligence sources. Militants based in Pakistan planned simultaneous strikes in London and major cities in France and Germany, Britain’s Sky News television reported Tuesday, adding the plan was advanced but…

CIA used pirated, inaccurate software to target drone attacks: lawsuit

‘They want to kill people with my software that doesn’t work,’ software exec tells court The CIA used illegally pirated software to direct Predator drone attacks, despite apparently knowing the software was inaccurate, according to documents in an intellectual property lawsuit. The lawsuit, working its way through a Massachusetts court,…

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