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BBC News - Pakistani civilian victims vent anger over US drones
When tribal elders from the remote Pakistani region of North Waziristan travelled to Islamabad last week to protest against CIA drone strikes, a teenager called Tariq Khan was among them.
drones  civilians  military  murder  Pakistan  United_States  CIA  deaths 
november 2011 by dissident
Blowback in Somalia
The notorious Somali paramilitary warlord who goes by the nom de guerre Indha Adde, or White Eyes, walks alongside trenches on the outskirts of Mogadishu’s Bakara Market once occupied by fighters from the Shabab, the Islamic militant group that has pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda. In one of the trenches, the foot of a corpse pokes out from a makeshift grave consisting of some sand dumped loosely over the body. One of Indha Adde’s militiamen says the body is that of a foreigner who fought alongside the Shabab. “We bury their dead, and we also capture them alive,” says Indha Adde in a low, raspy voice. “We take care of them if they are Somali, but if we capture a foreigner we execute them so that others will see we have no mercy.”

Despite such thug talk, Indha Adde is not simply a warlord, at least not officially, anymore. Nowadays, he is addressed as Gen. Yusuf Mohamed Siad, and he wears a Somali military uniform, complete with red beret and three stars on his shoulder. His weapons and his newfound legitimacy were bestowed upon him by the US-sponsored African Union force, known as AMISOM, that currently occupies large swaths of Mogadishu.
terrorism  islam  Somalia  fundamentalism  violence  United_States  Al-Shabaab  CIA  Jeremy_Scahill  Al-Qaeda 
september 2011 by dissident
When mistaken identity leads to torture - 9/11 - Salon.com
Every day through Sept. 11, we'll offer a new story from "Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post-9/11 Injustice," about men and women caught in the war on terror's crossfire.

On New Year’s Eve 2003, Khaled el-Masri, now 48, was seized at the border of Serbia and Macedonia by Macedonian police who mistakenly believed that he was traveling on a false German passport. (Reportedly, he was mistaken for a suspected terrorist with the name al-Masri.)
torture  rendition  9/11  Khaled_El-Masri  United_States  CIA  Afghanistan 
september 2011 by dissident
Files Note Close CIA Ties to Qaddafi Spy Unit | Truthout
Tripoli, Libya - Documents found at the abandoned office of Libya’s former spymaster appear to provide new details of the close relations the Central Intelligence Agency shared with the Libyan intelligence service — most notably suggesting that the Americans sent terrorism suspects at least eight times for questioning in Libya despite that country’s reputation for torture.
Muammar_al-Qaddafi  Libya  CIA  torture  spying  Afica  rendition 
september 2011 by dissident
The civilian victims of the CIA's drone war | Clive Stafford Smith | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk
A new study gives us the truest picture yet –in contrast to the CIA's own account –of drones' grim toll of 'collateral damage'
drones  Pakistan  civilians  collateral_damage  CIA 
august 2011 by dissident
Amazon.com: Killing Hope: U.S. Military and C.I.A. Interventions Since World War II--Updated Through 2003 (9781567512526): William Blum: Books
Is the United States a force for democracy? In this classic and unique volume that answers this question, William Blum serves up a forensic overview of U.S. foreign policy spanning sixty years. Remarks from the previous edition: "Far and away the best book on the topic."—Noam Chomsky "A valuable reference for anyone interested in the conduct of U.S. foreign policy."— Choice "I enjoyed it immensely."—Gore Vidal "The single most useful summary of CIA history."—John Stockwell "Each chapter I read makes me more and more angry."—Helen Caldicott "A very useful piece of work, daunting in scope, important."—Thomas Powers, author and Pulitzer Prize--winning journalist "A very valuable book. The research and organization are extremely impressive."—A.J. Langguth, author and former New York Times bureau chief For those who want the details on our most famous -actions (Chile, Cuba, Vietnam, to name a few), and for those who want to learn about our lesser-known efforts (France, China, Bolivia, Brazil, for example), this book provides a window on what our foreign policy goals really are. William Blum is the author of Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower .
United_States  military  CIA  books  aggression  history  foreign_policy 
may 2011 by dissident
Petraeus would helm an increasingly militarized CIA - The Washington Post
etraeus’s nomination comes at a time when the CIA functions, more than ever in its history, as an extension of the nation’s lethal military force.
CIA  David_Petraeus  militarization  wars  Iraq  Pakistan  Afghanistan  Yemen  Barack_Obama 
may 2011 by dissident
A Friendly Little Dictatorship in the Horn of Africa - By Aly Verjee | Foreign Policy
Djibouti may be a small country and a valuable Western ally in a volatile region. But it should be subject to the same scrutiny and standards as those applied to other countries with dubious track records. Though Djibouti may not be in the headlines, its relationship with the West is equally in need of re-evaluation.
Djibouti  United_States  Europe  CIA  democracy  Africa 
april 2011 by dissident
Gareth Porter: Pakistan Objects
The Pakistani military's recent demands on the United States to curb drone strikes and reduce the number of U.S. spies operating in Pakistan, which have raised tensions between the two countries to a new high, were a response to U.S. military and intelligence programmes that had gone well beyond what the Pakistanis had agreed to in past years.
Gareth_Porter  Pakistan  United_States  drones  CIA  spying 
april 2011 by dissident
‘Unprecedented’ Drone Assault: 58 Strikes in 102 Days | Danger Room | Wired.com
According to a tally kept by the Long War Journal, 58 of those strikes have come since September: There has been a drone attack every 1.8 days since Labor Day. LWJ’s Bill Roggio says the pace of attacks between September and November (there was a brief December respite, now erased) is “unprecedented since the U.S. began the air campaign in Pakistan in 2004.” (By contrast, in 2008, there were just 34 strikes.)
drones  Pakistan  United_States  CIA  terrorism  bombing 
december 2010 by dissident
Pakistan: CIA drones have broader list of targets - latimes.com
The agency since 2008 has been secretly allowed to kill unnamed suspects in Pakistan.
imported  CIA  Pakistan  drones  military  taliban  civilians 
may 2010 by dissident

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