October 22nd, 2013
02:02 PM ET

Rights groups challenge U.S. on drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen

By Jethro Mullen

The villagers had congregated at the tent, as they often did at the end of the workday, to sit and chat.

Among them were men who sold vegetables or wood. Others mined or traded minerals used to make alloys like stainless steel.

They were husbands and fathers, brothers and sons.

But unlike villagers who might gather like this in many other parts of the world, these men had strange company at their customary get-together.

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  1. Fred Kahn

    drone srtikes are counter productive to US intersts in Pakistan. Every time a drone kills a man or a woman, their friends and relatives become even stronger animies of US and they join the terrorist group just to take revenge.

    If its allowed by US then why its not allowed by any other country in the world tom use them?
    China and Russia would follow the same as soon as they are as strong and arrogant as we are.
    Also dont forget one day these drones would eventually be used against crimnals and others in US by US. Be ready for that

    October 23, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Reply
  2. John Smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    October 23, 2013 at 12:08 pm | Reply
  3. joe d

    the U.S. will never ever win anything in the mideast using Isralis war crime tactics..
    neverending wars for the feces called israel..Our AIPAC owned congress and AIPAC have destroyed our once
    great country...we have become the laughing stock of the world because of the metally retarded red headed inbred stepchild called israel

    October 23, 2013 at 8:33 am | Reply
  4. alpha2actual

    “Intelligence is capital...information is the sine qua non for victory. It had to be zealously collected, meticulously analyzed, rapidly disseminated, and efficaciously acted on. Without it no anti-terrorist operation could succeed.” Colonel Yves Godard. Godard was one of the architects of the French counterterrorist strategy that won the Battle of Algiers, in 1957 the most successful counterterrorist operation ever conducted. “A Nasty Business”, The Atlantic, Bruce Hoffman, 2002. This should be required reading for anyone wanting to comment here.
    "Naturally one worries—after all, one is inflicting pain and discomfort and indignity on other human beings ... [but] society has got to find a way of protecting itself ... and it can only do so if it has good information. If you have a close-knit society which doesn't give information then you've got to find ways of getting it. Now the softies of the world complain—but there is an awful lot of double talk about it. If there is to be discomfort and horror inflicted on a few, is this not preferred to the danger and horror being inflicted on perhaps a million people?" Then the is the matter of Unlawful Combatant as defined by The Law of War.

    October 22, 2013 at 11:41 pm | Reply
  5. uncdig

    Obama take responsibility for something – I wont hold my breath

    October 22, 2013 at 10:01 pm | Reply
  6. elreyjones@yahoo.com

    Why is Islam allowed to commit genocide on minorities on all their countries? Keep the pressure on that hateful retigion of non-peace until it is pacified forever. Water down the relgion of hate and expose Mohammed as nothing but a genocidal child sodomizer.

    October 22, 2013 at 10:00 pm | Reply
  7. Radgast

    The world gets smaller every day, humanity will someday not be able to manage with so many on this planet. Something must change our course or it will only get worse.

    October 22, 2013 at 9:23 pm | Reply
  8. John McKane

    I say that it's high time to end this obscene butchery caused by those godless drones everywhere, not just in Yemen and Pakistan. As an American, I feel deeply ashamed that this government is carrying out this heinous policy without regard to human life or well being. In fact, Obama needs to be held accountable for this dastardly policy.

    October 22, 2013 at 7:52 pm | Reply
    • Portland tony

      Since when is killing people who are planning violent attacks against western societies evil. Drones limit collateral damage. Somewhat like snipers, but with more lethal weapons. In years past, a sortie of B-52's would carpet bomb the entire village...killing everyone. War is stupid and never nice. But if you're gonna fight one ......the object is to defeat the enemy.

      October 22, 2013 at 9:36 pm | Reply
      • WERTWERT32452345

        Not quite true, Portland. In fact, at least 70% or more of those slaughtered by those heinous drones are civilians who just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Unfortunately, nobody in Washington gives a damn! All they do, on the other hand, is to give excuses if they say anything at all about it! Of course they'll say that these strikes cause "very limited" collateral damage.

        October 23, 2013 at 12:24 pm |
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    October 22, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Reply

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