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Landslide vote in European Union condemning U.S. drone use

Strasbourg - European Union Members of Parliament condemned the use of drones in targeted killings in a vote of 534 to 49. The vote proposing a ban referred to the drone strikes as “unlawful.”

Obama delivers candid foreign policy speech

Washington - President Barack Obama delivered a major foreign policy speech on Thursday in which he addressed hot-button issues including drones, civilian casualties, force-feeding of hunger striking Guantánamo detainees and the targeted assassination of US citizens.

New poll shows 65% of Americans support drone strikes abroad

Washington - A new Gallup poll shows that 65% of Americans support using drones to attack suspected terrorists in other countries. However, only 25% favor the use of such attacks on suspected terrorists in the US.

Op-Ed: US administration unlikely to cooperate with UN drone study

New York - Writing in Foreign Policy magazine, Micah Zenko predicts that the new UN investigation into drone attacks will not likely lead to increased transparency on the part of the Obama administration.

Op-Ed: US nears completion of targeted-killing manual but CIA exempt

Washington - US officials claim that the Obama administration is nearing completion of a detailed rulebook governing targeted-killing operations. However the CIA program in Pakistan will be exempt for at least a year.

Op-Ed: US can keep legal justification for drone attacks secret

Washington - A federal judge ruled that the U.S. government is not required to publicly disclose its legal justification for drone attacks or any other methods it uses to kill terror suspects overseas.

Op-Ed: U.S. demands dismissal of case against drone attacks on Americans

Washington - The Obama administration has requested that a federal judge dismiss a lawsuit over the killing of three American citizens in Yemen earlier in 2011. The three are: Anwar Al-Awlaki, his son Abdulrahman, and Samir Khan.

Op-Ed: Obama administration drawing up rules for justified drone attacks

Washington - The Obama administration is in the process of drafting formal rules for targeted killing by drones. The rules would set out the circumstances in which the attacks are justified.

Op-Ed: Five Questions on the U.S. drone program

Washington - Not much has been said about the issue of drone attacks during the presidential election campaign. Robert Naiman suggests that there are five important questions that journalists should ask about the issue.

Op-Ed: Obama administration developing new targeted killing matrix

Washington - Behind the scenes, the Obama administration has been developing a new plan for targeted killings. The blueprint includes a "next generation" target list called the "disposition matrix".

Holder: U.S. can legally kill American citizen terrorists

Chicago - In a speech yesterday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said the president can legally order the targeted killing of an American citizen abroad if that person poses a serious threat to the United States.

Israeli journalists on ice for report on Israeli assassinations

Of the two Israeli journalists who are involved in an exclusive story about the Israeli army assassinating targeted Palestinians, one is said to be under house arrest; the other left the country months ago.

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