January 10th, 2012
06:02 PM ET

The "mule" drone

By CNN National Security Producer Jennifer Rizzo

"You call, we haul" could be the motto for a new unmanned helicopter drone being tested to deliver cargo and supplies to Marines in Afghanistan.

A first of its kind, the unmanned chopper can carry 6,000 pounds of supplies to troops in remote and dangerous regions without the risks of sending a piloted aircraft or truck convoy.

The military already has an arsenal of high-flying surveillance drones and unmanned armed aircraft that can hit targets with Hellfire missiles.

Adding a cargo drone to the mix could reduce the loss of troop lives, according to the Marine Corps, which is spearheading the testing. In addition, it could reduce loss of equipment and supplies on ground resupply missions and be another option for delivering supplies by air when the weather, terrain or threat from enemy fighters pose too great of a risk to pilot an aircraft.
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Resumed US drone attacks in Pakistan
Hellfire missile attachment on the MQ-9 Reaper drone at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada
January 10th, 2012
05:38 PM ET

Resumed US drone attacks in Pakistan

CNN has confirmed what’s believed to be the first U.S. drone attack inside Pakistan since CIA drone operations were suspended after a U.S. military border incident in November that inadvertently killed two dozen Pakistani troops.

It’s been confirmed that an American drone fired two missiles at a suspected militant compound in Pakistan's tribal region on Tuesday near the Afghan border outside Miranshah in the North Waziristan region. Several suspected militants are believed to have been killed.

The attack was first reported by AFP.

The CIA does not openly acknowledge its drone operations, but it’s widely understood that it is the CIA and not the U.S. military that strikes inside Pakistan.


Filed under: CIA • drones • Pakistan
Lawsuit seeks disclosure of Guantanamo interrogation videos
A US military member manning a watch tower at Camp Delta at the US detention center in Guantanamo Bay.
January 10th, 2012
11:12 AM ET

Lawsuit seeks disclosure of Guantanamo interrogation videos

By CNN's Carol Cratty

A legal group filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit on Monday asking that videotapes showing the interrogation of a terror detainee at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, be made public.

The suit filed in the Southern District of New York is focused on interrogation techniques used on Mohammed al-Qahtani, a man U.S. authorities have said was intended to be the 20th hijacker in the 9/11 terror attacks.

"From 2002 through 2003, Mr. al-Qahtani was the victim of a deliberate and calculated interrogation strategy involving the repeated use of torture and other profoundly cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment," according to the lawsuit filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights.

The lawsuit says al-Qahtani was subjected to severe sleep deprivation, isolation, 20-hour interrogations, severe temperatures and forced nudity. The suit says al-Qahtani also experienced "religious, sexual, and moral humiliation" including instances in which female interrogators straddled him.
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Filed under: 9/11 • Al Qaeda • Detainees • Gitmo • Lawsuit • Terrorism
January 10th, 2012
05:45 AM ET

EXCLUSIVE: Lawyer takes on Iran spy case

By CNN's Elise Labott

The family of an American ex-Marine sentenced to death on charges of espionage has hired a high-profile attorney with success in negotiating with Tehran to seek his release, CNN has learned.

An Iranian court convicted Amir Mirzaei Hekmati of "working for an enemy country," as well as membership in the CIA and "efforts to accuse Iran of involvement in terrorism," the semi-official Fars news agency reported Monday. Hekmati's family and the U.S. government deny the allegations.

The family has hired Pierre Prosper, a former ambassador-at-large for war crimes under the Bush administration and a prosecutor for the Rwanda tribunal at The Hague, to work for his release, Prosper told CNN.

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