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UPDATE: Kidnapped Anti-Drone Activist Karim Khan Has Been Freed, Says He Was Tortured. Human Liberation - an Islamic Renaissance. 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.

U.S. curtails drone strikes in Pakistan as officials there seek peace talks with Taliban

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. 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.

CIA's most senior officer in Pakistan 'unmasked' by Imran Khan's party

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". The US embassy said it could not comment but was looking into the matter. The CIA spokesman Dean Boyd would not confirm the station chief's name and declined to immediately comment, AP reported. Out of Sight, Out of Mind: A visualization of drone strikes in Pakistan since 2004.

UN condemns US drone strikes in Pakistan. The United Nations has condemned US drone strikes in Pakistan, saying that they violate Islamabad’s sovereignty.

UN condemns US drone strikes in Pakistan

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.

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.

Miranshah

Geography and topography[edit] 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[edit] Imran Khan, Drone Protestor Detained/Interrogated from US Airliner. 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.

Imran Khan, Drone Protestor Detained/Interrogated from US Airliner

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. 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.

U.S. officials remove Imran Khan from plane to quiz him on drones

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. Obama 2012 Pakistan strikes. President Obama visits the Pentagon, 2012 (Photo: White House) The events detailed here occurred in 2012.

Obama 2012 Pakistan strikes

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. 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.

Drone Strikes: Map Shows Pakistan Drone Strikes

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. Pakistan has not okayed drone strikes: Sherry Rehman. 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.

Two boys reported killed in CIA strike

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. U.S. put new restrictions on CIA drone strikes in Pakistan. 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. 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.[4] Most of these attacks are on targets in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas along the Afghan border in Northwest Pakistan.

Drone attacks in Pakistan

These strikes began during the George W. Bush administration, and have increased substantially under President Barack Obama.[5] Some in the media have referred to the attacks as a "drone war".[6][7] 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.[8] Surveys have shown that the strikes are deeply unpopular in Pakistan, where they have contributed to a negative perception of the United States.[9] There is a debate regarding the number of civilian and militant casualties. The civilian victims of the CIA's drone war. 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. 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. US censures report on drone casualties - Americas. US officials have strongly rejected allegations in an independent UK study that a covert drone war in Pakistan has killed large numbers of civilians, saying the numbers are "way off the mark". On Friday, US officials criticised the London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism report's finding that there had been many more CIA attacks on alleged al-Qaeda and Taliban targets and far more civilian deaths than previously reported. The report said that bombing raids by unmanned aircraft had killed up to 168 children in Pakistan over the last seven years. Up to 320 Civilians Killed in Pakistan Drone War: Report. How many civilians have been killed in the U.S. drone war in Pakistan? The number could be as high as 320 innocents, according to an analysis released today by the New America Foundation.

That’s about a third of the 1,000 or so people slain in the robotic aircraft attacks since 2006. Reliable information from the drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal areas is incredibly hard to come by. The government not only keeps news organizations out, it also blocks aid groups, like Doctors Without Borders. CIA Snitches Are Pakistan Drone-Spotters. CIA’s Drones Join Shadow War Over Yemen. CIA Drone Targeting Tech Revealed, Qaeda Claims. U.S.: Reported Drone Strike Casualties 'Way Off the Mark' Civilians make up over 90% of casualties in US drone strikes in Pakistan'

The Year of the Drone. The magical realism of body counts. Covert Drone War. Over 160 children reported among drone deaths. Pakistan drone strikes – our methodology. The CIA drone strike that rewrote the rules. Drone strikes rise to one every four days. Nobody Knows if Drone Strikes in Pakistan Work. Zygmunt Bauman for Social Europe. Response: We mustn't ignore the fact that British drones kill too.

1021-unmanned-drone-attack_full_600.jpg (600×400) US drones launch chemical attacks on Pakistan. Four civilians reported killed in latest CIA drone strike. Al-Qaeda number two killed in Pakistan: US. How the CIA Became ‘One Hell of a Killing Machine’ The day 69 children died. UPDATE: DRONES, BODY COUNT and The Dark Side of Christian History: By Yale Theologian. Get the data: Twenty-five deadly strikes. Where have drone attacks taken place? Interactive map. Covert Drone War.

The Bush Years 2004 – 2009. Obama 2009 Strikes. Obama 2010 Strikes. Fresh evidence of CIA civilian deaths in Pakistan revealed. US drone strike kills 24 in Pakistan's Wazristan tribal region. Seven killed in suspected U.S. drone strike in Pakistan. Will I Be Next?