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Drone Strikes Resume, Rumored To Kill Top Pakistani Militant
It's an arresting sight: A Pakistani Taliban commander confidently rolls into a village in an American Humvee his forces have just captured. He turns to the journalists he has come to address and delivers a stark warning.
January 19, 2012
What Kind of an Ally Is Pakistan?
As the U.S.-Pakistan relationship continued to descend to new, new lows over the past year, the U.S. has become increasingly vocal in expressing frustrations with its supposed ally in the fight against terror -- and vice versa.
January 3, 2012
CIA Drone Program in Pakistan Reportedly "On Hold" as Relations Deteriorate
Drone strikes in Pakistan are "on hold" at the moment, U.S. intelligence officials involved in the CIA drone program told the Long War Journal Monday, out of fear the strikes would further harm the fragile relationship. But this isn't the first time this has happened.
December 14, 2011
How the Drone War Plays Out in Pakistan's Tribal Areas
Almost every single known U.S. drone strike in Pakistan has taken place in the country’s isolated, underdeveloped tribal areas. Off limits to most, evidence of America’s operations here is scant, but recently published photos of what appears to be the aftermath of the strikes raise important questions.
December 12, 2011
Making Sense of the Latest India-Afghanistan-Pakistan Drama
President Hamid Karzai’s provocative two-day trip to India this week continues to resonate across the subcontinent. His announcement of an unprecedented strategic partnership with India has put Pakistan on edge, with potentially significant consequences for the region.
October 7, 2011
A New, New Low in U.S.-Pakistan Relations
Last week, Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen set off a landslide when he testified before Congress that the Haqqani network – a group U.S. officials call the most deadly insurgent group in Afghanistan — was a “veritable arm” of Pakistan’s main intelligence agency, the ISI. How bad is this new, new low in U.S.-Pakistan relations?
September 28, 2011
JSOC Using Captured Militants to Analyze Intel
Last week the Washington Post published an investigation into the CIA’s operational shift to focus increasingly on "the cold counterterrorism objective of finding targets to capture or kill." We talked to Stephen Grey about the expansion of the CIA’s counterterrorist apparatus and what it means, and discovered a significant development.
September 6, 2011
Top U.S. Officials Weigh In As Drone Debate Escalates
A controversial new report has reignited debate on the effectiveness of covert CIA drone strikes targeting Al Qaeda and Taliban militants in Pakistan’s tribal areas.
August 16, 2011
Dexter Filkins: We Don’t Know What Side the Pakistanis Are On
"I think where all these things become problematic — we’ve seen this time and again — is, frankly, we don’t know on any given time or day what side the Pakistanis are on."
May 10, 2011
Former CIA Drone Chief Questions Policy
A former head of the CIA’s counter-terrorism center, Robert Grenier, was forthright: "We have helped to bring about the situation that we most fear."
May 3, 2011
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