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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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Associated Press

29 April 2011

BRUSSELS — NATO is congratulating Gen. David Petraeus on his nomination as CIA head, saying its forces in Afghanistan will continue implementing his strategy of handing control to local security forces. (more…)

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RTTNews

20 April, 2011

Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. Military, arrived in the Pakistani capital Islamabad on Wednesday for talks with the Pakistani leadership to resolve issues presently straining relations between the two allied nations. (more…)

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By: Lukas I. Alpert

March 31, 2011

At least 40 civilians have been killed in NATO air strikes on Tripoli, the Vatican’s top envoy to Libya said Thursday.

“They are killing dozens of civilians,” said Bishop Giovanni Innocenzo Martinelli. “In the Tajoura neighborhood, around 40 civilians were killed, and a house with a family inside collapsed.”

“In the Buslim neighborhood, due to bombardments, a civilian building came down, although it is not clear how many people were inside.”

Martinelli said that he had not seen any casualties himself, but was relying on reports from “contacts” among Tripoli’s residents. (more…)

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By: Sofia Resnick

March 24, 2011

This week, the American Civil Liberties Union released a letter it received from the Department of Defense confirming that it does not compile statistics on the total number of civilians that have been killed by U.S. unmanned drone aircrafts since September 2001. (more…)

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The CIA passed up a chance last year to kill Sirajuddin Haqqani, the head of an anti-American insurgent network in Pakistan that is closely linked to Al Qaeda and the Afghan Taliban, when it chose not to fire a missile at him from a Predator drone because women and children were nearby, U.S. and Pakistani officials say. (more…)

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New York Times

By PIR ZUBAIR SHAH and SABRINA TAVERNISE

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — An American missile hit the Mehsud tribal region of South Waziristan on Tuesday, claiming at least 10 lives in the same area where the leader of the Pakistani Taliban was apparently killed in a similar drone attack last week, Pakistani security officials said.

The missile struck near the town of Kani Gurram, one of the largest in the area, which is home to the Pakistani Taliban movement. American and Pakistani security officials say they believe the leader of the movement, Baitullah Mehsud, was killed in a C.I.A.-operated drone strike last Wednesday. (more…)

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