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Drone Strikes

New Pakistani PM Sharif tells US to halt drone strikes

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Photo: AP

Just days after taking power, Pakistan's new government has lodged a protest with the US and summoned a top American envoy to vent its frustration following a US drone strike that intelligence officials say killed seven militants.

Sunday, 9 June, 2013, 9:00am

When it comes to unmanned warfare it's nothing personal

When it comes to unmanned warfare it's nothing personal

Throughout history, some forms of war and weaponry are viewed with greater horror than others. Even ancient civilisations tried to codify the rules of war - jus in bello.

2 Jun 2013 - 5:03pm

US drone kills Pakistan Taliban deputy commander

Deputy Pakistani Taliban leader Wali-ur-Rehman (centre). Photo: Reuters

A US drone strike killed the number two of the Pakistani Taliban in the North Waziristan region on Wednesday, three security officials said, in what would be a major blow in the fight against militancy.

30 May 2013 - 1:29am

Talks needed on use of drones

US President Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama's new counter-terrorism doctrine has run into heavy crossfire. To some Republican opponents, his plan to redefine the global "war on terror" as a more targeted effort to eliminate threats to America is a retreat that underestimates the risk posed by Islamic extremists.

29 May 2013 - 6:16am

US may use drones on extremists to stop Syria becoming terror haven

A rebel sniper trains his rifle on a Syrian army position through a hole blasted in the wall of a building in Aleppo. Photo: AP

The CIA is secretly targeting Islamic extremists in Syria for possible lethal drone strikes as part of a contingency plan to protect the US and its allies in the event the turmoil there worsens, current and former US officials say.

17 Mar 2013 - 7:22am

Court rejects CIA secrecy over records of drone strikes

A US federal court ruled the CIA can no longer refuse to confirm or deny whether it has records related to drone strikes, in a blow to the government's secrecy over the bombing campaign.

17 Mar 2013 - 7:26am

Drone strike on US soil possible, says Holder

Drone strike on US soil possible, says Holder

United States forces could launch a deadly drone strike against a target on US soil if there was an "extraordinary circumstance", Attorney General Eric Holder said in a letter to US Senator Rand Paul, a Republican.

7 Mar 2013 - 2:56am

China considered using drone in Myanmar to kill wanted drug lord

A drone strike to kill Naw Kham in Myanmar was ruled out.

The hunt for a Myanmese drug lord wanted for killing 13 Chinese sailors in 2011 could have ended with a drone strike launched on foreign soil, China's top drug tsar told the Global Times newspaper.

20 Feb 2013 - 4:32am 1 comment

China considered drone strike on foreign soil in hunt for drug lord

Mekong drug lord Naw Kham is restrained by two Chinese police officers. Photo: Xinhua

Liu Yuejin, director of the public security ministry’s anti-drug bureau, said one of the original plans to end the months-long manhunt for drug lord Naw Kham was to strafe a mountain hideout in north-eastern Myanmar using unmanned aircraft.

19 Feb 2013 - 11:44pm 1 comment

Brennan defends drone strikes, even on Americans

CIA Director nominee John Brennan testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Thursday, during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Photo: AP

CIA Director-designate John Brennan strongly defended anti-terror attacks by unmanned drones on Thursday under close questioning at a protest-disrupted confirmation hearing. On a second controversial topic, he said that after reading a classified intelligence report on harsh interrogation techniques, he does not know if waterboarding has yielded useful information.

8 Feb 2013 - 4:52pm