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Here's what we still don't know about drones

Nearly six months ago, President Obama promised more transparency and tighter policies around targeted killings. In a speech, Obama vowed that the U.S. would only use force against a “continuing and imminent threat to the American people.” It would fire only when there was “near-certainty” civilians would not be killed or injured, and when capture was not feasible.... Read more»

U.S. is arming Syrian rebels, but refugees who’ve aided them are considered terrorists

Authorized by Congress, the CIA has started sending weapons to Syrian rebels. But under a legal definition of terrorism adopted by the U.S. government after the Sept. 11 attacks, those same rebel groups are considered terrorist organizations.... Read more»

Does the U.S. pay families when drones kill innocent Yemenis?

There have been nine drone strikes reported in Yemen in the past two weeks – an uptick apparently connected to the Al Qaeda threat that shut down U.S. embassies across the Middle East and Africa. As many as six civilian deaths have also been reported.... Read more»

Who are we at war with? That’s classified

In a major national security speech this spring, President Obama said again and again that the U.S. is at war with “Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and their associated forces.” So who exactly are those associated forces? It’s a secret. ... Read more»

Pakistani cop pulled bin Laden over for speeding

Osama bin Laden might have been detected eight years before the Navy SEAL raid that ended his life, had a Pakistani traffic policeman spotted the world's most-wanted man in a car he stopped for speeding.... Read more»

Boy’s death in drone strike tests Obama’s transparency pledge

It’s the first prominent allegation of a civilian death since President Obama pledged in a major speech in May “to facilitate transparency and debate” about the U.S. war on al Qaida-linked militants beyond Afghanistan. He also said “there must be near-certainty that no civilians will be killed or injured” in a strike.... Read more»

Now on trial at Guantanamo Bay: Spiral notebooks

On October 12, 2000, a skiff pulled up alongside the U.S.S. Cole, docked in Aden, Yemen, and blew up. The attack killed 17 sailors and nearly sank the Cole. It was one of Al Qaeda’s most lethal operations before 9/11. Nearly 13 years on, prosecutors and defense lawyers are still in pre-trial hearings. Welcome to the courts at Guantanamo Bay.... Read more»

Factcheck: The NSA and Sept. 11

In defending the NSA’s sweeping collection of Americans’ phone call records, Obama administration officials have repeatedly pointed out how it could have helped thwart the 9/11 attacks: If only the surveillance program been in place before Sept. 11, 2001, U.S. authorities would have been able to identify one of the future hijackers who was living in San Diego.... Read more»1

In Syria, one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter

In Syria, one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. It’s a vital distinction that, as evidenced by US reluctance to get involved, could influence the outcome of the conflict.... Read more»

Bin Laden's hideout papers to be published online

Documents seized by U.S. Navy Seals during the raid on Osama Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, last May are to be published online later this week, a White House counter-terrorism official said Monday.... Read more»

Analysis

State guard or 'Arizona Five-0'?

With the high costs of maintaining and potential legal ramifications of arming an autonomous militia to combat threats that are at best nebulous, lawmakers and the governor could find themselves in deep drama for something resembling reality TV – until, that is, reality itself steps forward.... Read more»1

NATO probes Taliban's role in deadly helicopter crash

NATO has begun an investigation into claims by the Taliban that they shot down a U.S. helicopter Saturday in Afghanistan, killing 30 Americans, including members of the elite Seal Team 6, which is best known for killing Osama bin Laden. (with video)... Read more»

Analysis

Who are the Libyan opposition?

An overview of the Libyan opposition and the roles of extremism and tribalism in Libya’s transition.... Read more»

Pakistan asks U.S. to stop drone raids, cut CIA operations

Pakistan wants the U.S. to halt drone air strikes within its borders and cut the number of CIA agents and Special Operations forces operating there working there, according to reports.... Read more»

Democracy can weaken Al Qaeda

As the world follows Egypt's dramatic shift in government, many are asking, "Who is next?" Morocco's reform is effective regional model to combat terror.... Read more»

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