By Joe Wolverton II at The New American


About 3 a.m. local time, two Hellfire missiles were fired by a U.S. Predator Drone at a house in Pakistan on Friday morning, killing four people suspected of being members of al-Qaeda or the Taliban.

The target of Friday’s strike was a building in Miranshah, the largest town in the North Waziristan area, designated by the U.S. government as a compound in use by the Taliban and al-Qaeda.

Eyewitnesses report that the missiles caused a fire that destroyed the entire structure.

Early reports indicate that three alleged “militants” were killed by the drone, while four others were wounded, one or more of whom was a foreigner.

Statements made by anonymous agents of the Pakistani government indicate that the missiles destroyed the house while those inside were asleep.

Although Pakistan has called on the United States to cease the drone attacks within that country, the Obama administration has ignored this request. In fact, the number of drones in the air, missiles fired by them, and the body count all continue increasing exponentially under orders issued by Barack Obama.

The government of Pakistan castigates its erstwhile ally for the prosecution of the Predator program, calling it an overt attack on the country’s sovereignty. However, other credible reports from inside the government indicate that while the official stance of Pakistan is to denounce the attacks, behind the scenes they have taken another tack — allowing drones to launch from Pakistani airbases and providing intelligence to help track targets.
Pakistan’s cooperative posture might be slouching lately, however, after the death of two Pakistani soldiers deployed along that nation’s border with Afghanistan. In all, at least 24 Pakistani soldiers have been killed by drones deployed in American airstrikes. Pakistan responded by shutting down the pipeline of NATO materiel that runs through the country, as well as booting the United States and its Predator drones off of an airbase in the southwest region of the country.
The move proved to be little more than an inconvenience, as the base was used by the United States only to repair planes and Predators damaged in Afghanistan. For Pakistan, though, the opposition is likely indicative of a more long-term policy shift. In fact, the nation’s parliament is now embroiled in lengthy debates about their support for the drone program going forward.

On Thursday, officials of the government of Pakistan called for talks with the United States to commence before the debates in parliament are wrapped up.

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UK GCHQ civilian staff face war crimes charge over drone strikes in Pakistan

Human rights lawyers claim in High Court that civilians are ‘parties to murders’

By Mark Townsend, The Observer for the Guardian


More than 300 drone attacks in Pakistan have been reported.  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Civilian staff at GCHQ risk being prosecuted for war crimes as a result of a legal action being launched tomorrow over the alleged use of British intelligence in the CIA’s “targeted killing” programme.

Human rights lawyers will issue proceedings saying that employees at the UK intelligence agency who assist the US in directing drone attacks in Pakistan could be liable as “secondary parties to murder” and that any UK guidance allowing the passing of information to the CIA for use in the strikes is unlawful.

Pakistan has previously condemned the attacks as a violation of its sovereignty, amid concern that the use of US drones contravenes international humanitarian law. Hundreds of innocent civilians are thought to have been killed as a result of drone attacks.

Questions are also mounting over the role of British officials in assisting the CIA’s targeting of alleged militants in Pakistan. Reports suggest that GCHQ, the intelligence agency for which the foreign secretary, William Hague, is responsible, provides “locational intelligence” to the US.

The legal action, brought by the law firm Leigh Day & Co and the legal action charity Reprieve, is directed against Hague on behalf of Noor Khan, whose father was killed in a US drone strike in Pakistan last year.

Malik Daud Khan was presiding over a peaceful council of tribal elders in the North Waziristan tribal area when a missile was fired from a drone, believed to have been CIA-operated. Khan was one of more than 40 people killed.

The attack has intensified scrutiny over the levels of complicity between the UK and US over drone strikes. Reports have quoted GCHQ sources as justifying their forwarding of intelligence to the US as being in “strict accordance” with the law, a claim contested by lawyers.

The issuing of legal proceedings at the high court tomorrow challenges the lawfulness of such alleged complicity, arguing that “there is also a significant risk that GCHQ officers may be guilty of conduct ancillary to crimes against humanity and/or war crimes, both of which are statutory offences under the International Criminal Court Act, 2001”.
Only individuals entitled to immunity from ordinary criminal law in respect of armed attacks are considered under international law as “lawful combatants” participating in an “international armed conflict”, according to the legal papers.

Richard Stein, the head of human rights at Leigh Day & Co, said that staff at GCHQ are civilians, not combatants, and that there is no recognised “international armed conflict” in Pakistan.

He added: “We believe that there is credible, unchallenged evidence that the secretary of state is operating a policy of passing intelligence to officials or agents of the US government; and that he considers such a policy to be ‘in strict accordance’ with the law.
“If this is the case, the secretary of state has misunderstood one or more of the principles of international law governing immunity for those involved in armed attacks on behalf of a state and/or the lawfulness of such attacks; and his policy, if implemented, involves the commission of serious criminal offences by employees of GCHQ or by other officials or agents of the UK government in the UK.”

Lawyers want to discover if there is any UK policy or guidance dealing with the circumstances in which information possibly used in directing drone attacks in Pakistan can be shared with the US.
Clive Stafford Smith, director of legal action charity Reprieve, said: “What has the government got to hide? If they’re not supplying information as part of the CIA’s illegal drone war, why not tell us? And if they are, they need to come clean.”

American officials have privately admitted that the CIA’s drone programme has killed many Taliban and al-Qaida commanders. A Foreign Office spokesman said that he could not comment on the issue.

ISAF’s aggression against Pakistan: Talibans called NATO to the Rescue!

By General Retd Mirza Aslam Beg

On the night between November 25 and 26, the American and Nato aircrafts attacked two Pakistani border posts in Salalah area of Mohmand Agency and killed above 20 soldiers, including two officers, which is a blatant violation of the country’s territorial sovereignty and the terms of cooperation with the International Security Assistance Forces (Isaf).

In fact, it is part of a vast conspiracy against Pakistan due to the growing frustration of the Isaf, who having lost the war, have begun to leave from Afghanistan without the guarantee for a safe exit. The Salalah incident is a clear indication of their desperation as well as sinister design.

The Pakistani troops operating in the Salalah area, on the night of November 25-26, had trapped the Tehrik-i-Taliban-i-Pakistan (TPP) militants, about 50 strong, belonging to the Waliur Rahman/Fazalullah group, engaged in anti-Pakistan activities.

The militants gave the SOS to Isaf and Nato, and the American aircrafts and gunships rushed to rescue them. The two Pakistani posts came under intense fire. The officer in charge immediately contacted the Isaf and warned them that it were the Pakistani posts, which were under attack and it must stop. But the message was ignored and the attack continued for over two hours till the militants were rescued and taken to the Afghan territory.

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After 9/11 Anniversary, Is Lebanon Going to Be Theater for New US Tragedy? (2/2)

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In Part one of this report, we uncovered how the U.S.A. was able to infiltrate our region to break it down under the pretext of 9/11, and how it exploited the assassination of PM Hariri and other Christian March 14 figures to press on and subdue Syria. We also discussed the secret war Beirut is experiencing today, which resembles the pre-1975 civil war period and the levels of the American and Western security operations in the region and the side that benefits from them.

In the end of Part One, I went through “the Jasmine Revolution” that was plotted for Syria in 2005-2006, and how the American scheme changed after the legendary withstanding held up by Syria and the resistance axis.

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Are We At War With Pakistan?

by Justin Raimondo

In the days before the Empire, generals – particularly Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs – kept their mouths shut. The Founders’ justified fears of military intrusion into the political realm were still present in the American consciousness, and the idea that an American general might try to influence policy directly, by making public statements on controversial political topics, was considered outside the norm. Today, however, no one is shocked by Admiral Mullen’s testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee that we are, for all intents and purposes, already at war with Pakistan: Continue reading

‘L’OTAN dit avoir capturé un chef des Haqqani en Afghanistan’

La force internationale de l’OTAN a assuré samedi 1er octobre avoir capturé en Afghanistan l’un des chefs les plus importants du réseau taliban Haqqani, la bête noire des soldats américains et de Kaboul.

Haji Mali Khan, l’oncle du chef du réseau Sirajuddin Haqqani, a été arrêté mardi dans le sud-est afghan lors d’une opération conjointe des forces afghanes et de la coalition internationale, selon un communiqué de la Force internationale d’assistance à la sécurité (ISAF) de l’OTAN, commandée par les Américains.

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Pakistan and “The Haqqani Network” : The Latest Orchestrated Threat to America and The End of History

by Dr. Paul Craig Roberts

Have you ever before heard of the Haqqanis? I didn’t think so. Like Al Qaeda, about which no one had ever heard prior to 9/11, the “Haqqani Network” has popped up in time of need to justify America’s next war–Pakistan.

President Obama’s claim that he had Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden exterminated deflated the threat from that long-serving bogyman. A terror organization that left its leader, unarmed and undefended, a sitting duck for assassination no longer seemed formidable. Time for a new, more threatening, bogyman, the pursuit of which will keep the “war on terror” going.

Now America’s “worst enemy” is the Haqqanis. Moreover, unlike Al Qaeda, which was never tied to a country, the Haqqani Network, according to Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, is a “veritable arm” of the Pakistani government’s intelligence service, ISI. Washington claims that the ISI ordered its Haggani Network to attack the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, on September 13 along with the US military base in Wadak province.

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