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U.N. Drone Investigator Might Be a Deadly Robot’s Worst Nightmare

U.N. Drone Investigator Might Be a Deadly Robot’s Worst Nightmare That carries the possibility of a reckoning with the human damage left by drones, the first such witnessing by the international community. Accountability, Emmerson tells Danger Room in a Monday phone interview, “is the central purpose of the report.” So, will the administration agree to […]

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Mystery Somali mercenary army concerns Obama administration

The Obama administration is concerned about a private military force aimed at combating piracy in northern Somalia’s semiautonomous Puntland region because there are unanswered questions about who is behind the operation. From Salon.com Is this a 3rd or 4th front on the war on terror?

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Few Afghans know of 9/11, reason for war

Afghans in two crucial southern provinces are almost completely unaware of the September 11 attacks on the United States and don’t know they precipitated the foreign intervention now in its 10th year, a new report showed on Friday. From Few Afghans know of 9/11, reason for war Wow. 

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How to Turn the Taliban Against Al Qaeda

Washington’s goals officially remain those stated by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: to strengthen Afghan Army forces and to “reintegrate” the supposedly “moderate” Taliban, that is, fighters who will consent to lay down arms and respect the Afghan Constitution, including its Western-inspired provisions to respect human rights and equality of women in the public sphere. […]

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Taliban Allies, Warlord Flunkies Guard U.S. Bases

The U.S. military’s bases in Afghanistan are frequently guarded by Afghans who pay kickbacks to warlords — and even aid the Taliban. That’s what the Senate Armed Services Committee found after a year-long investigation into 125 contracts held by private security firms in Afghanistan. In a report released today (.pdf), the committee discovered that the […]