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Los Angeles Times | David S. Cloud | July 21, 2011

The Obama administration is considering sending more Predator drones and other surveillance planes to bolster the NATO air war in Libya, and has reopened a debate over whether to give weapons to the rebels seeking to overthrow Moammar Kadafi, a senior Defense Department official said.

NATO commanders requested the sophisticated surveillance aircraft after concluding that they were running out of military targets in Libya after four months of bombing and missile strikes against Kadafi’s military forces and command facilities, U.S. and NATO officials said. (more…)

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ACLU | Jonathan Manes | July 19, 2011

For well over a year now, the ACLU has been urging the government to level with the public about the number of civilians that are being killed in its drone strike/targeted killing operations. The government has been tight-lipped — refusing even to confirm or deny the existence of any records relating to civilian casualties in CIA drone strikes. Last month, however, John Brennan, the White House’s top counterterrorism advisor broke this silence, telling reporters that “in the last year ‘there hasn’t been a single collateral death because of the exceptional proficiency, precision of the capabilities that we’ve been able to develop.'” (more…)

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Hakim Almasmari | CNN | July 15, 2011

Sanaa, Yemen (CNN) — A U.S. drone strike targeting militants in southern Yemen Thursday killed at least 50 people, two Yemeni security sources said.

This comes as the United States and the Yemeni government step up their efforts to target militants, including those Islamists who’ve taken over several cities in recent weeks.

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The Huffington Post, By Chris Rogers

29 April, 2011

Drones may be new, futuristic weapons, but the U.S. drone campaign in Pakistan raises the oldest of international legal questions: what gives one country the right to violate the sovereignty of another? (more…)

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Los Angeles Times, By Alex Rodriguez

23 April 2011

A U.S. missile strike killed at least 25 people Friday in Pakistan’s North Waziristan region, signaling that Washington’s use of drones against militants along the Afghan border will continue despite intensifying opposition from Pakistani leaders. (more…)

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