White House Promises No More CIA Staged Vaccinations After Polio Outbreak

By: Tuesday May 20, 2014 4:51 am

Three years ago the CIA staged a phony vaccination program in Pakistan as part of an espionage operation to track down Osama Bin Laden. A Pakistani doctor, Shakil Afridi, used the cover of a hepatitis B vaccination program to gain access to an area where Bin Laden was believed to be hiding. Afridi’s operation failed though [...]

US Drone Strike In Pakistan Blows Up Afghanistan Peace Talks

By: Tuesday November 5, 2013 9:23 am

Though few Americans may give it much thought, the country remains at war in Afghanistan. The war has already cost the lives of 2,192 American service members with the financial costs running in the hundreds of billions of dollars. And with that expending of blood and treasure has come next to nothing in tangible results [...]

After Karzai Criticism, US Looking for Exits in Afghanistan

By: Thursday October 4, 2012 12:14 pm

Not a good sign for your signature war policy when the lead partner in the country in question says it’s doomed to failure. Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai said on Thursday that the U.S.-led war on militancy would “not be successful,” and accused Western media of waging “psychological warfare” on his country. The outgoing leader said [...]

NATO Agrees to New Timeline for Afghanistan

By: Monday May 21, 2012 12:14 pm

NATO formally announced a new timeline for the winding down of troops in Afghanistan, agreeing to transfer responsibility for security to the Afghans by the summer of 2013, with the withdrawal of most troops timed for the end of 2014. This is a similar timeline to the exit of troops from Iraq, with a transfer [...]

Afghan Report Possibly Leaked to Rebut Rush to Withdrawal

By: Wednesday February 1, 2012 9:35 am

A leaked NATO report suggests that the Pakistani security services are helping the Afghan Taliban in their insurgency program, and that even Afghan lawmakers want to sign up with the Taliban. The Taliban in Afghanistan are being directly assisted by Pakistani security services, according to a secret Nato report seen by the BBC. The leaked [...]

Obama Speaks About Drone Use in Virtual Town Hall

By: Tuesday January 31, 2012 8:55 am

It’s a sad commentary on our media that the President had to answer questions yesterday about drones for the first time, and the questions didn’t come at a White House press briefing or major print interview, but in a virtual YouTube town hall with members of the public. FDL’s Kevin Gosztola covered this at The [...]

US and Pakistan Resume Cooperation on Drone Strikes

By: Tuesday January 17, 2012 8:15 am

I think it’s time to ignore all articles purporting to describe a “rift” between the US and Pakistan as it relates to counter-terrorism tactics. Every few months we hear that the US has damaged this relationship irreparably. And then we get the inevitable story about how the countries are coordinating on operations again. Two apparent [...]

Christmas Truce Over: Drone Strikes Continue in Pakistan

By: Wednesday January 11, 2012 10:15 am

The Christmas drone truce in Pakistan has ended. Last night, the US launched a drone strike in North Waziristan, site of many of the drone attacks over the past several years. Four purported militants have been pronounced dead. An American drone strike killed four Islamist militants in Pakistan, the first such attack since errant U.S [...]

Drone Wars Lead to Roving Death Squads in Pakistan

By: Thursday December 29, 2011 7:00 am

Here’s another unfortunate and completely predictable consequence of our drone wars: when they become unsustainable, and the CIA or JSOC have to leave the country which they carpet-bombed, the natives who helped them designate targets get marked for death. Militant groups lack the ability to bring down the drones, which have killed senior Al Qaeda [...]

US Acknowledges Irreparable Rupture in Pakistan Relationship

By: Monday December 26, 2011 6:51 am

I wrote Saturday about the Christmas drone truce, a six-week pause in aerial bombing of suspected terrorists over Pakistan, in reaction to a botched airstrike that killed 24 soldiers. Now it looks like this gesture of goodwill (as if “we won’t bomb your country” should be interpreted that way) will not salvage a robust security [...]

The Christmas Drone Truce – CIA Stops Airstrikes in Pakistan

By: Saturday December 24, 2011 8:17 am

Apparently the CIA has taken the rare step of acknowledging the sovereign rights of another country, as well as the existence of public opinion and blowback, by suspending drone attacks in Pakistan, according to the LA Times. They claim that the hiatus is in its sixth week. In an effort to mend badly frayed relations [...]

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