June 24, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Monday released a previously secret government memo outlining the Obama administration's legal basis for the 2011 drone strike against US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen. According to the memo, al-Awlaki played an important role in al Qaeda in the ...[read more]
June 6, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The Islamabad High Court on Thursday ordered the arrest of former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) official Jonathan Banks for his involvement in a 2009 drone strike that killed civilians. Kareem Khan, whose brother and son were killed in the drone strike in Waziristan, had petitioned the court ...[read more]
April 5, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a lawsuit on Friday brought against officials of the Obama administration for the 2011 drone strikes that killed three US citizens in Yemen. The lawsuit was specifically brought against former defense secretary, Leon Panetta ...[read more]
January 8, 2014
by Theresa Donovan
Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), on Tuesday condemned the December 27 shelling of a funeral procession that killed 21 Yemeni civilians and injured 30 others. The attack resulted in the establishment of an investigation committee by ...[read more]
August 12, 2013
by Sean Gallagher
On September 30, 2011, the US government carried out a successful drone strike against four suspected al-Qaeda supporters, two of whom were US citizens. Two weeks later, the US launched another drone strike killing a teenage US citizen and six other civilians, including another teenager. These ...[read more]
June 9, 2013
by Blake Lynch
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday directed the Pakistan Foreign Office to contact US Ambassador Richard Hogland to criticize US drone strikes. Sharif's comments came hours after a drone strike in North Waziristan killed several people. Sharif, who was sworn into office two days ...[read more]
May 9, 2013
by Daniel Mullen
Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan of the High Court of Peshawar ruled Thursday that US drone strikes in the region are illegal. The justice also directed Pakistan's Foreign Ministry to introduce a resolution against such attacks in the UN. The decision stems from a lawsuit filed by the Foundation ...[read more]
March 6, 2013
by Keith Herting
A letter written by US Attorney General Eric Holder to Senator Rand Paul suggests that in "extraordinary circumstances" it would be lawful and within the president's authority to use a weaponized drone to carry out a lethal strike on an American citizen on US soil. Though dismissing the potential ...[read more]
February 5, 2013
by Dan Taglioli
NBC News on Monday released a Department of Justice (DOJ) confidential "white paper" that reveals details of the legal justifications for the Obama administration's unprecedented use of lethal drone strikes against al Qaeda suspects who are US citizens abroad. The 16-page memo explores the legal ...[read more]
December 21, 2012
by Julie Deisher
The High Court of England and Wales has refused to allow a legal challenge to the possible role of the UK's spy agencies in aiding CIA drone strikes in Pakistan. Noor Khan, the plaintiff, lives in Miranshah, North Waziristan Agency of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan. ...[read more]

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