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Iranian-backed Houthis strike major Saudi Arabia oil facility

Dubai - Drones launched by Yemen's Houthi rebels attacked the world's largest oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia and another major oil field Saturday, sparking huge fires.

Op-Ed: Digital surveillance — Australia's Pine Gap and US vs War Crimes?

Sydney - The U.S. Pine Gap base in Australia has been controversial since it was built, during the later Cold War. The question is whether Australia is participating in a system which may qualify as war crimes when civilian casualties are incurred.

Using advanced technology to make drones more robust

Drones are becoming more commonplace; however, one thing holding back the wider use of drones is the ability of the craft to cope with extreme weather. A university has been investigating how improvements can be made.

U.S. drones continue to kill civilians instead of al-Qaeda

Sanaa - A relentless U.S. drone offensive in the last 24 hours killed more than 50 suspected al-Qaida militants in Yemen, including civilians.

Al-Aulaqi lawsuit dismissal gives U.S. government total authority Special

Washington - Last week, a U.S. district court judge tossed out a lawsuit filed by the families of three American citizens who were executed in three separate drone strikes.

Report alleges NSA role in U.S. drone assassinations

A report based on leaked documents from Edward Snowden alleges that the NSA uses collected metadata to determine the target of drone strikes, rather than human intelligence.

Security assistance between US and Pakistan to be resumed

The United States has plans to provide more than $1.5 billion worth of assistance to Pakistan for the first time since relations between the two countries grew tense following the Navy SEALs' raid into Pakistan which took out Osama Bin Laden.

Malala Yousafzai blasts US drone strikes in meeting with Obama

Washington - Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who survived a Taliban assassination attempt, met with US President Barack Obama in the White House on Friday and told him that drone strikes kill innocent people and are "fueling terrorism."

Op-Ed: When criminals are the police

What happens when the world's criminal elite double as its police force? Recent events have provided a good opportunity to observe.

Yemen says it foiled plot against oil and gas facilities

The Yemeni government has said that it has foiled an attempted attack on oil and gas facilities in the country. The plot also allegedly involved the take over of two cities.

US urges Americans to leave Yemen, carries out drone strikes

At least four suspected militants were killed by American drone strikes carried out in Yemen. The drone strikes come as the U.S. government urged its citizens to leave Yemen.

Drone strikes may end 'very soon' according to John Kerry

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced that American drone strikes in Pakistan could be ending soon on his first state visit to the country.

U.S. drone strike kills 3 suspected militants in Yemen

At least 3 suspected Al-Qaeda linked militants were killed when the car they were traveling in was struck by a U.S. drone.

U.S. scales back drone strikes in Pakistan due to criticism

As a result of growing discontentment with the U.S. in Pakistan as a result of its drone campaign over that country the United States has scaled back on the number of such drone strikes and limited them to more high-value targets.

America is the George Zimmerman of the world: Cornel West

Well known intellectual, Cornel West, likened the United States of America to George Zimmerman, during an interview with CNN.

Pakistan claims that drone strikes may cause 'stand off' with US

Islamabad - The Pakistani Foreign Ministry announced on Friday that US drone attacks will be brought up with US Secretary of State John Kerry when he visits Pakistan later in July.

Report: CIA doesn't always know the victims of its drone strikes

Washington - A review of classified CIA documents listing 114 drone strikes that killed about 613 people over a 14 month period beginning in September 2010, reveals that the CIA did not know the identity of the people targeted in 1 of every 4 cases.

Drone strikes in Yemen leave 7 dead

At least seven suspected militants belonging to Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) were killed in two drone strikes carried out in southern Yemen.

White House: 4 US citizens killed in drone strikes since 2009

Washington - The US government acknowledged publicly for the first time on Wednesday that four US citizens have been killed in drone strikes since 2009 in Pakistan and Yemen. The disclosure comes ahead of a national security speech by President Obama.

Op-Ed: Pakistan High Court calls drone strikes illegal demands they stop

Peshawar - The Chief Justice of the Pakistan High Court in Peshawar, Dost Muhammad Khan, issued a ruling that the US drone strikes in Pakistan are illegal under international law, and adds that when innocent people are killed this amounts to a war crime.

Democrats ask Obama to give the 'full legal' basis for drones

Washington - Five House Democrats signed a letter today demanding President Barack Obama release the legal basis for the government's right to drone strikes, including those against American civilians.

Op-Ed: Homeland Security and Attorney General to target Americans?

How long will it be, before Americans are targeted by American drones on American soil, without judicial review, trial or a jury of their peers?

Drone strikes could be used to kill American citizens on US soil

Washington - In response to Republican Senator Rand Paul, US Attorney General Eric Holder has written that carrying out drone strikes against American citizens on US soil is a possibility, under an 'extraordinary circumstance'.

Op-Ed: US Senators said to consider secret court to vet drone strikes

Washington - The idea is that a secret court would consider evidence that a suspect should be on a targeted killing list and hence could be attacked by a drone. The court would issue what might be called a "death warrant".

Articles and leaks help and hinder John Brennan

Washington - The process of confirming John Brennan as director of the CIA has brought forth a number of leaks and revelations that may help or hinder his confirmation.

Op-Ed: DOJ memo justifies killing Americans posing imminent threat

Washington - The US Justice Department (DOJ) released a White Paper that justifies killing Americans abroad if they pose an imminent threat. Yet, when the Obama administration replaced George W. Bush in 2008, it and its supporters depicted water boarding as torture.

Op-Ed: Suits filed in Pakistan and UK over deadly drone strikes

Islamabad - Noor Khan's father was killed in a drone strike along with dozens of others at a tribal council meeting in North Waziristan in 2011. Now Noor has filed suits against some of those involved including Pakistan, the US, and the UK.

Op-Ed: UK lawyer, Ben Emmerson, to head UN study of drone strikes

London - Ben Emmerson, is not out to ban the use of attack drones by the US or Israel but the British lawyer does hope to do a detailed analysis into 25 specific drone strikes that encompass a wide geographic area and several countries.

Amazon toy page garners dozens of anti-Obama drone 'reviews'

Washington - Maisto Fresh Metal Tailwinds 1:97 Scale Die Cast United States Military Aircraft has garnered the attention of those who are opposed to President Barack Obama's drone strikes against innocent civilians in the Middle East.

Op-Ed: UN launches investigation into drone strikes

New York - The UN will launch a formal investigation into the legality of drone strikes and also of the casualties that result from them.
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Minimum number of drone casualties per year in Pakistan.
Minimum number of drone casualties per year in Pakistan.
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