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    Re: Classified Report Shows America's Drones Aren't Just Killing Al Qaeda Members

    they are taking out bad guys
    i can live with that
    (and glad they can't)
    we are negotiating about dividing a pizza and in the meantime israel is eating it
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    Re: Classified Report Shows America's Drones Aren't Just Killing Al Qaeda Members

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    So why the need to lie about targets then?
    Who ever said that we were only targeting Al-Qaeda in Pakistan in the first place?

    I seem to recall groups like the Taliban and the Haqqani Network being pretty high on our hit list as well. It would seem to be the case that no one is "lying" here and that you, and the author of the article you have posted, are simply incredibly ignorant as to the actual strategic situation surrounding our usage of drones in Pakistan.

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    No one is lying about anything. As the title of your article clearly states: not only AlQ is killed by drone strikes. Other terrorists that are not specifically AlQ are targeted, and their specific cell or organization is unknown. In most cases, this is probably because the cell or organization is too small and there simply is not much knowledge about the specific group. I also expect that groups are rather fluid, changing organization titles as members flow between regions and organization shifts to accomodate casualties.
    Exactly. There are more anti-US militias running around the Tribal Regions of Pakistan than you can shake a stick at.

    It can be a pain to specifically name them all.
    Last edited by Gathomas88; 04-10-13 at 04:08 PM.

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    Re: Classified Report Shows America's Drones Aren't Just Killing Al Qaeda Members

    Quote Originally Posted by Gathomas88 View Post
    Who ever said that we were only targeting Al-Qaeda in Pakistan in the first place?
    CIA, White House.


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    Re: Classified Report Shows America's Drones Aren't Just Killing Al Qaeda Members

    Look! The word "unknown"! The US is clearly targeting random people!!


    Really? I think we need some presstv.ir or rt to clarify this issue.

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    Re: Classified Report Shows America's Drones Aren't Just Killing Al Qaeda Members

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    CIA, White House.
    Source?

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    Re: Classified Report Shows America's Drones Aren't Just Killing Al Qaeda Members

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    CIA, White House.
    Who told you that?

    George W. Bush vastly accelerated the drone strikes during the final year of his presidency. A list of the high-ranking victims of the drones was provided to Pakistan in 2009.[26] Obama has broadened these attacks to include targets seeking to destabilize Pakistani civilian government and the attacks of 14 and 16 February 2009 were against training camps run by Baitullah Mehsud.[27] On 25 February 2009 Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, indicated the strikes will continue.[28] On 4 March 2009 The Washington Times reported that the drones were targeting Baitullah Mehsud.[29] Obama was reported in March 2009 as considering expanding these strikes to include Balochistan.[30]

    On 25 March 2010 US State Department legal advisor Harold Koh stated that the drone strikes were legal because of the right to self-defense. According to Koh, the US is involved in an armed conflict with al Qaeda, the Taliban, and their affiliates and therefore may use force consistent with self-defense under international law.[31]

    Former CIA officials state that the agency uses a careful screening process in making decisions on which individuals to kill via drone strikes. The process, carried out at the agency's counterterrorist center, involves up to 10 lawyers who write briefs justifying the targeting of specific individuals. According to the former officials, if the briefs' arguments are weak, the request to target the individual is denied.[32]
    Drone attacks in Pakistan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Re: Classified Report Shows America's Drones Aren't Just Killing Al Qaeda Members

    Anyone taking bets on TDS being like "Oh, ok! I get it now!" ?

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    Re: Classified Report Shows America's Drones Aren't Just Killing Al Qaeda Members

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    Who told you that?
    Wait, I think I know. It was that guy who wrote an article for the Atlantic in the technology section, right?

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