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Pakistan poses strategic, tactical challenges to policy makers: CIA

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WASHINGTON: The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) identified Pakistan as one of the countries that poses strategic and tactical challenges to policy makers. “Developments in a host of countries across the globe are raising strategic and tactical challenges for policymakers and our

Car Bomb Kills 8 Afghans From Unit Linked to C.I.A.

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KABUL, Afghanistan — Eight Afghan paramilitary soldiers were killed during an assault on a Taliban hide-out in eastern Afghanistan, Afghan officials said Wednesday. It was the latest of several clashes to take a heavy toll on the security forces as

Who profits from our new war? Inside NSA and private contractors’ secret plans

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A massive, $7.2 billion Army intelligence contract signed just 10 days ago underscores the central role to be played by the National Security Agency and its army of private contractors in the unfolding air war being carried out by the

Australia’s collateral damage in the US drone program

In the last few years there has been a hotly contested global debate about the civilian impact of the U.S. drone strike program and its moral and legal justifications. Despite being geographically part of Asia (where the majority of drone

Intelligence Gathering, Subjects and Citizens

I just want my Constitution back. -Thomas Drake, former NSA senior executive, July 29, 2014 Both Thomas Drake and Jesselyn Radack are familiar names in the world of whistleblowing. They are currently visiting Australia, giving talks and presentations on the

Missile Strike by C.I.A. Drone Kills at Least 4, Pakistan Reports

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PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Ending a five-month hiatus, the Central Intelligence Agency resumed its drone campaign in Pakistan on Wednesday with a missile strike that killed at least four people at a compound in the tribal district of North Waziristan, Pakistani

CIA Falls Back in Afghanistan

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KABUL, Afghanistan—The CIA is dismantling its frontline Afghan counterterrorist forces in south and east Afghanistan leaving a security vacuum that U.S. commanders fear the Taliban and al-Qaeda will fill—and leaving the Pakistan border open to a possible deluge of fighters

Why Snowden Won’t (and Shouldn’t) Get Clemency

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I regard Daniel Ellsberg as an American patriot. I was one of the first columnists to write that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper should be fired for lying to Congress. On June 7, two days after the first news

Tel Aviv sent alert as Mossad officials killed in Jalalabad by Afghan Taliban

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Israeli officials at a police station in Jalalabad, Afghanistan scrambled to control their secret station after a surprise raid by the Afghan Taliban on March 26, 2013. Sources close to Terminal X report that the station, which was located inside

Pakistani intelligence officials say US drone has killed 3 militants near Afghan border

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PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A U.S. drone strike targeting a vehicle in northwestern Pakistan near the Afghan border killed three suspected militants, two intelligence officials said Friday. A pair of missiles fired from an unmanned drone hit the vehicle in a

Pakistani intelligence officials confirm US drone killed son of notorious Afghan militant

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ISLAMABAD — Pakistani intelligence officials confirmed Thursday that a U.S. drone strike last week near the Afghan border killed the son of the founder of the powerful Haqqani militant network, a major blow to one of the most feared groups

Afghanistan: Karzai dismisses intelligence chief

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s office says he has dismissed the country’s top intelligence official, a move that comes just as he prepares to name new defense and interior ministers. The changes in three top jobs in

Afghanistan intelligence agency says sources confirm death of Haqqani militant

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KABUL, Afghanistan –  Afghanistan's intelligence agency said Sunday its operatives have confirmed that the son of the founder of the powerful Haqqani militant network was killed in an airstrike in Pakistan, even as the Taliban vowed that he was alive

10 Killed in Pakistan Drone Strike

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Security officials in Pakistan say a U.S. drone strike has killed at least 10 people in the restive northwest tribal region near the Afghan border. Authorities say drone-fired missiles hit three compounds Friday in North Waziristan, a known hub for

Tajik Officials: About 40 Dead in Fighting Between Troops, Militants

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Tajik officials say at least 12 troops have been killed in clashes with militants led by a former warlord accused of murdering a security services chief. A government statement said 30 rebel fighters were also killed in the fighting Tuesday

Roadside Bomb Kills 11 in NW Pakistan

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Pakistani officials say a roadside bomb has exploded in the country's northwestern tribal region, killing at least 11 people. The blast Wednesday struck a vehicle in Orakzai, one of the districts in the area along the Afghan border that is

Uniformed Attacker Kills NATO Solder in Afghanistan

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An attacker wearing an Afghan army uniform has opened fire on a group of NATO troops in eastern Afghanistan, killing one service member. Friday's shooting is at least the 15th incident this year in which an Afghan soldier or an

Suspected US Drone Strike Kills 10 in NW Pakistan

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Pakistani officials say a suspected U.S. drone strike has killed 10 people in the country's northwest tribal region near the border with Afghanistan. Officials say two missiles hit a compound suspected of belonging to militants in the North Waziristan tribal

US Drone Strike Kills 4 in Pakistan

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Authorities say the attack happened Monday in Degan village in North Waziristan on the Afghanistan border. U.S. officials have never publicly acknowledged drone strikes against militants in Pakistan's tribal areas, but have anonymously confirmed such attacks to various news outlets.

Suicide Bomber Attacks Airfield in Southern Afghanistan

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Afghan officials say a suicide car bomber has killed seven civilians near the entrance to the Kandahar Airfield, the latest in a series of attacks in southern Afghanistan. The Taliban claimed responsibility for Thursday's attack, saying they were targeting NATO