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US drone strikes in Pakistan kill 'at least 8' suspected Taliban militants

Two important Taliban commanders, including the head of a training unit for suicide bombers, may be among the dead, the Associated Press reported, citing unnamed officials.

Living Under Drones: New report says US drone strikes 'terrorise' Pakistani civilians

"Publicly available evidence that the strikes have made the US safer overall is ambiguous at best," the authors write.

US drone strike kills 3 in Pakistan

The drone fired two missiles at a vehicle in the Datta Khel area.

Yemen: US drone strikes kill 8 suspected militants

A group of clerics and preachers from southern Yemen released a statement claiming that one of their members was killed in the recent attacks.

US drone strikes in North Waziristan kill at least 7

At least six of the militants killed were from Uzbekistan, a security official told Pakistan’s Express Tribune.

Venezuela building drones with Iran, Russia, China

"We don't have any plans to harm anyone," Chavez said during the broadcast. "We are doing this with the help of different countries including China, Russia, Iran, and other allied countries."

Abu Yahia al-Libi, Al Qaeda's deputy leader, killed by CIA drones in Pakistan — officials

Top Al Qaeda operative has been killed after being targeted in a spate of drone attacks in Pakistan's lawless northwest.

Obama's counterterrorism strategy: New York Times buries the lead

In exhaustive article about Obama's use of drones to fight terror, The Times barely mentions the president's peaceful counterterrorism strategy. Is that because there is none?
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A Pakistani protester holds a burning US flag as they shout slogans during a protest in Multan on February 9, 2012 against the US drone attacks in the Pakistani tribal region. (S.S. MIRZA/AFP/Getty Images)

The New York Times published an exhaustive analysis of US President Barack Obama’s counterterrorism strategy today.

But it buried the lead.

The lengthy piece is focused on Obama’s use of drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen that target suspected terrorist leaders, and the spinning moral compass he uses to make those decisions. (It doesn’t mention Somalia, where strikes are also happening.)

In total, it paints a picture of a president who is strong, decisive, always weighing the rights and wrongs of his strategy, and taking personal responsibility for those decisions.

It isn’t until the very end that the story tackles the other, perhaps more important side, of any counterterrorism strategy — one of diplomacy and de-radicalization, an effort to create a world where Al Qaeda has no credible agenda on which to recruit and carry out attacks.


US government steps up online propaganda war against Yemen militants

The State Department's online efforts have been misrepresented in the press as sophisticated hacks against militant sympathetic websites.
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Yemeni soldiers are pictured in the restive southern Abyan province on May 25, 2012 as the army continues pressing ahead with an offensive against Al-Qaeda militants to retake extremist strongholds. (Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)

As the US drone war against Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and Ansar al-Sharia picks up steam, the US State Department is beginning yet another high-tech campaign against AQAP on a different front – the internet.

The Yemeni military, backed by American advisers and drones, has been attempting to beat back AQAP and Ansar al-Sharia from cities in the restive governorate of Abyan in Southern Yemen since March of 2011, when militants first seized control of Ja’ar, later moving into Zinjibar and Lawdar. As the fighting rages, the US State department has been attempting to counter AQAP’s propaganda on websites belonging to Yemeni tribes by arguing against AQAP supporters and calling attention to the toll that the war has wrought on the Yemeni people. 

"Within 48 hours, our team plastered the same sites with altered versions of the ads that showed the toll Al Qaeda attacks have taken on the Yemeni people," Secretary of State Hilary Clinton said Wednesday.


Are the drones working in Yemen?

SANAA, Yemen — While Yemen is accustomed to violent clashes between tribes, the government, separatists and militants, Monday's bombing took everyone by surprise. The streets around Saba’een were filled with chaos after the bombing. Uniformed soldiers waved and shouted hysterically at pedestrians to turn back. Whining ambulances and honking taxis shuttled the dead and dying to hospitals, where staff said they were overwhelmed and underprepared for the atrocity.
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