In January, a U.S. drone strike aimed at an al-Qaida target in Pakistan accidentally killed an American and an Italian hostage. In response, President Obama has suggested that a review of the events could offer improvements and changes. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading
Just how effective and precise can drone warfare be in fighting terrorists? Judy Woodruff talks to Greg Miller of the Washington Post about how the U.S. government deploys so-called “signature strikes” and the risk they pose to civilians. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — An intelligence agency employee whose drone crashed on the White House lawn earlier this year won’t face criminal charges.
The Federal Aviation Administration released a list of long-awaited proposed rules governing the usage of small commercial drones on Sunday. Continue reading
We return to our Just Ask feature, where experts tackle your questions on science and technology. Why do honeybees die when they sting? When a honeybee stings, it dies a gruesome death. The bee’s stinger is structured in such a … Continue reading
WASHINGTON — U.S. military officials say an armed American drone has attacked and destroyed a mortar position of Islamic militants in northern Iraq.
After announcing a travel alert and warning Americans abroad of a possible terror threat, the State Department narrowed in on Yemen. Non-essential embassy staff were flown out and U.S. citizens were told to leave immediately. A U.S. drone strike killed four suspected al-Qaida operatives in that country. Margaret Warner reports. Continue reading
In other news Friday, Gen. John Allen — commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan — apologized for the deaths of civilians in an airstrike. The operation on Wednesday targeted a Taliban leader, but some wedding guests were killed. In Pakistan, a bomb tore through a bus carrying government employees, killing 19 people. Continue reading
Beginning with comments from Sen. John McCain Tuesday citing accounts of what appear to be high-level government leaks, Congress is engaged in an investigation about war tactics. Jeffrey Brown discusses the varied secret programs, from cyber attacks to drone strikes, with The New York Times’ David Sanger. Continue reading
In other news Thursday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the U.S. is near its limit in patience on waiting for Pakistan to root out the al-Qaida-linked Haqqani network. Also, nearly 2,000 former pro football players are suing the National Football League, saying it deliberately concealed the risk of permanent brain injuries. Continue reading