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U.S. curtails drone strikes in Pakistan as officials there seek peace talks with Taliban Concern about Pakistani political sensitivities provides one explanation for the absence of strikes since December, the longest pause in the CIA’s drone campaign since a six-week lull in 2011, after an errant U.S. air assault killed 24 Pakistani soldiers at a border post, triggering a diplomatic crisis. The current pause follows a November strike that killed Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud just days before an initial attempt at peace talks was scheduled to begin. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government accused the United States of trying to sabotage the talks, and the Taliban canceled the meeting. Since then, the Obama administration has worked to improve relations with Sharif, who took office last June in the first democratic transfer of power in Pakistani history. Administration officials have praised his efforts to address serious structural problems in Pakistan and to promote peace in the region.
CIA's most senior officer in Pakistan 'unmasked' by Imran Khan's party | World news Supporters of Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party protest in Karachi against drone strikes at the weekend. Photograph: Fareed Khan/AP The political party led by the former cricket star Imran Khan claims to have blown the cover of the CIA's most senior officer in Pakistan as part of an increasingly high-stakes campaign against US drone strikes. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party named a man it claimed was head of the CIA station in Islamabad in a letter to police demanding he be nominated as one of the people responsible for a drone strike on 21 November, which killed five militants including senior commanders of the Haqqani Network. John Brennan, the CIA director, was also nominated as an "accused person" for murder and "waging war against Pakistan".
Out of Sight, Out of Mind: A visualization of drone strikes in Pakistan since 2004 The primary data used in this visualization comes from a dataset maintained by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (BIJ) . The BIJ is a not-for-profit organization with the aim of educating the public and the media on both the realities of today's world and the value of honest reporting. While there were other data sources that had listings of drone stikes, the BIJ seemed to have the most unbiased collection of information.
The United Nations has condemned US drone strikes in Pakistan, saying that they violate Islamabad’s sovereignty. Washington’s response to the UN condemnation was muted. The UN special rapporteur on human rights and counterterrorism, Ben Emmerson, has said that Washington's drone campaign in Pakistan's Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA) violates international law. “It involves the use of force on the territory of another state without its consent and is therefore a violation of Pakistan's sovereignty,” Emmerson said in a press release on Friday, after visiting Islamabad for three days earlier in the week. Emmerson was tasked by the UN Human Rights Council with investigating the legality of some 25 drone strikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Palestinian territories, Somalia and Yemen. The investigation was commissioned by the UN Human Rights Council on the initiative of countries such as China, Pakistan and Russia. UN condemns US drone strikes in Pakistan | News | DW.DE | 16.03.2013
Miranshah Miranshah (Urdu: میران شاہ; Pashto: میران شاہ) (pronounced "mirānshāh") is a town and administrative headquarters of the North Waziristan Agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Geography and topography The town lies on the banks of the Tochi River in a wide valley surrounded by the foothills of the Hindu Kush mountains. It is situated approximately 17 km from the Pakistan-Afghanistan border at an elevation of approximately 3,050 ft. The nearest town in Pakistan is Bannu and the nearest town across the border in Afghanistan is Khost. Administration
by Ezra Van Auken Imran Khan, the Pakistani politician and ex-professional cricketer has made a name for himself in the past month, after the anti-drone protest he held in Pakistan. The demonstration, which was guided to show opposition against the United States drone campaign over Pakistan brought out tens of thousands of supporters and was a two day long march. As the protest winded down, Khan spoke briefly about the success of it, “We have given our message – it has gone across the world,” as well as saying, “We have succeeded in raising this issue. Imran Khan, Drone Protestor Detained/Interrogated from US Airliner
Op-Ed: U.S. officials remove Imran Khan from plane to quiz him on drones Toronto - Imran Khan, prominent Pakistani politician was removed from his flight from Toronto to New York and questioned for an hour about his views on drone attacks. Imran Khan is leader of the Pakistan Movement for Justice Party (PTI). He has campaigned constantly for an end to the U.S. drone strikes in the tribal areas.
President Obama visits the Pentagon, 2012 (Photo: White House) The events detailed here occurred in 2012. These have been reported by US or Pakistani government, military and intelligence officials, and by credible media, academic and other sources, including on occasion Bureau researchers. Below is a summary of CIA drone strikes and casualty estimates for 2012. Please note that our data changes according to our current understanding of particular strikes. Below represents our present best estimate. Obama 2012 Pakistan strikes
Drone Strikes: Map Shows Pakistan Drone Strikes CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, NV - AUGUST 08: An MQ-9 Reaper flies by on a training mission August 8, 2007 at Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs, Nevada. The Reaper is the Air Force's first "hunter-killer" unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and is designed to engage time-sensitive targets on the battlefield as well as provide intelligence and surveillance. The jet-fighter sized Reapers are 36 feet long with 66-foot wingspans and can fly for as long as 14 hours fully loaded with laser-guided bombs and air-to-ground missiles. They can fly twice as fast and high as the smaller MQ-1 Predators reaching speeds of 300 mph at an altitude of up to 50,000 feet.
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Two boys reported killed in CIA strike Friday’s Grand Jirga against drone strikes, at which Tariq was present - Pratap Chatterjee Two boys aged 12 and 16 years old were reportedly killed in a CIA drone strike in Pakistan on Monday night. One of the boys, Tariq Khan, had attended an anti-drone rally in the Pakistan capital just days beforehand. Monday’s deadly attack struck a vehicle near the town of Mir Ali in Waziristan.
Reporting from Washington — The White House over the summer put new restrictions on CIA drone strikes in the wake of concerns that the program was primarily targeting lower-level militants while provoking anger in Pakistan, U.S. officials said. Since then, according to an independent analysis, the strikes have yielded a significant increase in the percentage of people killed whom the government considers "high-value targets." But the program is still killing mainly rank-and-file fighters, the study indicates. U.S. put new restrictions on CIA drone strikes in Pakistan
Drone attacks in Pakistan Since 2004, the United States government has attacked hundreds of targets in Northwest Pakistan using unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) controlled by the Central Intelligence Agency's Special Activities Division. Most of these attacks are on targets in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas along the Afghan border in Northwest Pakistan. These strikes began during the George W. Bush administration, and have increased substantially under President Barack Obama. Some in the media have referred to the attacks as a "drone war". Until recently,[when?] the US government had officially denied the extent of its policy; in May 2013 it acknowledged for the first time that four US citizens, including Anwar Al-Awlaki, had been killed in the strikes. Surveys have shown that the strikes are deeply unpopular in Pakistan, where they have contributed to a negative perception of the United States. There is a debate regarding the number of civilian and militant casualties.
I would not deny that the pilotless plane, flying bomb, or whatever its correct name may be, is an exceptionally unpleasant thing, because, unlike most other projectiles, it gives you time to think. What is your first reaction when you hear that droning, zooming noise? Inevitably, it is a hope that the noise won't stop. You want to hear the bomb pass safely overhead and die away into the distance … – George Orwell, "As I Please", Tribune, 30 June 1944 The civilian victims of the CIA's drone war | Clive Stafford Smith | Comment is free
Pakistani military want veto on drone strikes Pakistani civilian and military leaders are insisting on an effective veto over which targets US drone strikes hit, according to well-informed Pakistani military sources here. The sources, who met on condition that they not be identified, said that such veto power over the conduct of the drone war is a central element in a new Pakistani demand for a formal government-to-government agreement on the terms under which the United States and Pakistan will cooperate against insurgents in Pakistan. The basic government-to-government agreement now being demanded would be followed, the sources said, by more detailed agreements between US and Pakistani military leaders and intelligence agencies. The new Pakistani demand for equal say over drone strikes marks the culmination of a long evolution in the Pakistani military's attitude toward the drone war.
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