Another U.S. citizen a potential drone target
February 11th, 2014
02:22 PM ET

Another U.S. citizen a potential drone target

By Tom Cohen and Tom Watkins

U.S. counterterrorism officials are closely watching an al Qaeda fighter in Pakistan who could become the next American to be targeted for killing by a drone strike, CNN has learned.

The person, who was not identified, has been the subject of debate among military commanders and intelligence officials for several weeks as they decide what to recommend. President Barack Obama would make a final decision.

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December 12th, 2013
06:00 AM ET

U.S. seeks spy edge with stealth drone

CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr

It looks like a bat, sweeping, turning. But it’s actually the new super-secret Air Force stealth drone.

CNN has learned this unmanned spy plane is designed to fly for up to 24 hours behind enemy lines in countries like North Korea, Iran, and Syria.


November 28th, 2013
08:25 AM ET

Pakistani official outs CIA officials in drone investigation

By Saima Mohsin and Mariano Castillo

A Pakistani political party official has publicly named two U.S. CIA officials in connection with a police murder investigation into a drone strike.

Police had already initiated an investigation against unnamed persons after a recent drone strike that killed five. In a televised news conference Wednesday, Shireen Mazari, information secretary for the Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party said she filed an addendum to the police complaint, singling out two U.S. officials.

She gave the names of U.S. CIA Director John Brennan and a person identified as the CIA's Station Chief based in Pakistan. U.S. officials did not confirm to CNN the accuracy of her claims.

"I can't speak to the alleged operational issues, but more broadly I note we have a strong ongoing dialogue with Pakistan regarding all aspects of our bilateral relationship and shared interests," a U.S. Embassy official in Pakistan told CNN.


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Sources: Pakistani Taliban leader killed in drone strike
November 1st, 2013
07:31 PM ET

Sources: Pakistani Taliban leader killed in drone strike

Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud - once charged by the United States for his alleged involvement in a deadly 2009 attack on a U.S. military base in Afghanistan - was killed in a drone strike in northwestern Pakistan on Friday, senior U.S. and Pakistani officials told CNN.

Three other people were killed in the strike, Pakistani intelligence sources and tribal officials said, describing the incident as a suspected U.S. drone strike in a remote area of Pakistan's Waziristan region, a Taliban stronghold bordering Afghanistan.

One missile hit a compound, and another struck a car nearby, the Pakistani sources said.

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October 30th, 2013
07:21 PM ET

Drone attack survivors take their story to Washington

By Chris Lawrence

Her voice is tiny and soft but has the strength of a survivor.

Nabila ur-Rehman, 9, has come to Washington to talk about how she survived a U.S. drone strike on her neighborhood in Pakistan.

"I saw in the sky that it became dark, and I heard a 'dum-dum' noise. Everything became dark, and I couldn't see my grandmother, couldn't make out anything," she told CNN through an interpreter.

Nabila's family said her grandmother, Momina Bibi, was killed in that strike.

"I saw two missiles come down and hit, and at that moment, everything went dark," said Nabila's brother, Zubair, 13. "I just remember seeing an explosion and everything became dark, maybe because of the smoke from the drone."

October 29th, 2013
01:44 PM ET

Bigger, Lighter, Deadlier! Navy launches new stealth destroyer

By Larry Shaughnessy

(CNN) - The Navy's newest warship slipped out of dry dock this week into the waters of Maine, marking a new era for war fighting at sea.

The USS Zumwalt, the first of the DDG-1000 class of destroyers, is longer, faster and carries state-of-the-art weapons that will allow it to destroy targets at more than 60 miles, according to the Navy.

At 610 feet long and 81 feet wide, the Zumwalt is longer and thinner than the USS Arizona, a battleship sunk at Pearl Harbor. But it weighs about half as much.

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U.S. drone strike in Somalia kills suspected Al Shabaab members
October 28th, 2013
02:18 PM ET

U.S. drone strike in Somalia kills suspected Al Shabaab members

By Barbara Starr

A U.S. military drone strike in southern Somalia killed two suspected Al Shabaab members, two U.S. officials confirm to CNN.

One of those killed was described by one of the officials as Anta, considered a top technical and explosives expert for the al Qaeda-affiliated group.

He was "a person of interest we had been tracking," the official said.

The other individual killed was not identified. However, it was not Mohamed Abdikadir Mohamed, said to be one of the most dangerous Al Shabaab commanders and known as Ikrima.

Navy Seals sought but failed to capture him in recent weeks during a raid on his compound.

September's deadly shopping mall attack in Nairobi, for which Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility, have raised terror concerns in the region.

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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Arizona Air National Guard members indicted in pay scheme
File photo of Col. Gregg Davies, formerly of Arizona Air National Guard.
October 21st, 2013
06:53 PM ET

Arizona Air National Guard members indicted in pay scheme

WASHINGTON (CNN) - An Arizona grand jury has indicted 21 members of the Arizona Air National Guard, including a colonel, for allegedly defrauding the federal government out of more than $1.4 million, Arizona's attorney general announced Monday.

The guardsmen were part of the 214th Reconnaissance Group, which operated Predator drones over Iraq and Afghanistan from a base in Tucson, Arizona.

August 16th, 2013
07:46 PM ET

Is your privacy safe with drones?

Drones with super-size cameras may be coming to a town near you in the not too distant future. But the debate over their implication for personal privacy is already heating up. Chris Lawrence reports for CNN's 'Erin Burnett Out Front.'

Filed under: drones • Security Clearance on TV • Technology
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