Tag Archives: pakistan

Drone operator speaks out: “This is what you are not told”

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Whenever I read comments by politicians defending the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Predator and Reaper program – aka drones – I wish I could ask them a few questions. I’d start with: “How many women and children have you seen incinerated by a Hellfire missile?” And: “How many men have you seen crawl across a field, trying to make it to the nearest compound for ... Read More »

US drone strike kills 8 in Pakistani school, 5 children dead

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The US breaks its promises so quick with Pakistan it’s scarcely worth mentioning them in the first place.  Just hours after a promise not to launch any more drone strikes against Pakistan for the duration of their peace talks with the Taliban, a US drone pounded a religious school in Hangu. The attack killed eight people, including three teachers and five students. A ... Read More »

As drone victims testified to Congress, Obama met the arms company which makes missiles for drones

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In an interesting spot, journalist Alice Ollstein today noted that, while Reprieve clients the Rehman family were testifying at Congress about the day a drone strike killed their grandmother in North-West Pakistan, President Obama was meeting the CEOs of arms companies including Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin. Both firms are involved in the manufacture of drones – although the Predators and Reapers which fly covert missions ... Read More »

Victims of US drone strike testify before Congress

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[youtube height="400" width="550"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raKl5lO82js[/youtube]   The victims of a drone strike alleged to be launched last year by the United States spoke to members of Congress on Tuesday and urged the US government to stop killing civilians with weaponized unmanned aerial vehicles. Rafiq ur Rehman, a primary school teacher from North Waziristan, Pakistan, spoke through an interpreter on Capitol Hill on ... Read More »

US may be guilty of war crimes over drone use – Amnesty International

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[youtube height="400" width="550"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeRkst6LEp4[/youtube]   US officials responsible for carrying out drone strikes may have to stand trial for war crimes, says a report by Amnesty International, which lists civilian casualties in the attacks in Pakistan. Human Rights Watch has issued similar report on Yemen. The Amnesty International report is based on the investigation of the nine out of 45 drone strikes reported ... Read More »

Pakistani court declares US drone strikes illegal and a war crime

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A Pakistani court has declared that US drone strikes in the country’s tribal belt are illegal and has directed the government to move a resolution against the attacks in the United Nations. In what activists said was an historic decision, the Peshawar High Court issued the verdict against the strikes by CIA-operated spy planes in response to four petitions that ... Read More »