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The NSA’s Secret Role in the U.S. Assassination Program

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Firstlook, 17 February 2014 The US National Security Agency "is using complex analysis of electronic surveillance, rather than human intelligence, as the primary method to locate targets for lethal drone strikes – an unreliable tactic that results in the deaths of innocent or unidentified people" (as AAN also has shown in one case from Takhar […]

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U.S. seeks new bases for drones [in Central Asia] targeting Al Qaeda in Pakistan

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Los Angeles Times, 16 February 2014 "The Obama administration is making contingency plans to use air bases in Central Asia to conduct drone missile attacks in northwest Pakistan in case the [US] is forced to withdraw all U.S. forces from Afghanistan at the end of this year, according to U.S. officials', the paper reports. … "Intelligence officials […]

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War Intensifies with More Civilian Casualties: the half-yearly UNAMA report

Kate Clark

UNAMA’s six monthly report on how civilians are faring in the war (Mid-Year Report on Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict) shows a reversal in last year’s trend of fewer civilian casualties. Comparing the first half of 2013 with the first half of 2012, a fifth more civilians were killed or injured in the fighting. […]

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Winding Down or in for the Long Haul? The emergence of a new US counter-terrorism strategy

Kate Clark

The great behemoth of US counter-terrorism strategy is shifting. President Barack Obama has said he wants to end the war, not just in Afghanistan, but also, ultimately against al-Qaida. Congress has also been making its first attempts to claw back some of the unprecedented powers it gave the president to wage war when, just after […]

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What exactly is the CIA doing in Afghanistan? Proxy militias and two airstrikes in Kunar

Kate Clark

AAN has discovered that the NATO airstrike on Kunar on 13 April 2013 which killed as many as 17 civilians was the second strike on almost the same location to have been requested by the same mixed Afghan/CIA force. President Karzai’s spokesman has reported the president’s assertion – and anger – that the Afghan unit […]

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At war’s end, ramping up drone strikes in Afghanistan

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Reuters (blog)
, 19 December 2012 Reuter’s Sanjeev Miglani
 picks up an under-reported issue: drone strikes in Afghanistan: ‘The United States carried out more drone strikes in Afghanistan this year than it has done in all the years put together in Pakistan since it launched the covert air war there eight years ago. […] U.S. Air […]

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CIA Advisor Advocates Meddling in Afghanistan’s Election

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Registan, 10 July 2012 Joshua Foust on a high-profile columnist who still hasn’t got it: It is not the US who should chose the next Afghan president.

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450 Bases and It’s Not Over Yet

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Tom Dispatch (blog), 12 February 2012 ‘The hush-hush, high-tech, super-secure facility at the massive air base in Kandahar’ – ‘The American military in Afghanistan doesn’t want to talk about it, but one day soon, it will be a new hub for the American drone war in the Greater Middle East’ – is only one of […]

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Former Spy With Agenda Operates a Private C.I.A.

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New York Times, 22 January 2011 Hair-raising story about a former CIA officer who runs his own spy network in Afghanistan and Pakistan called the Eclipse Group, sent agents to collect shaved-off beard-hair on President Karzai in order to prove, through DNA sampling, his drug addiction, feeds the military, Fox News and similar right-wing channels,

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