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Addicted to Drones: The Overhyping of ‘Over the Horizon’

Addicted to Drones: The Overhyping of ‘Over the Horizon’

In the wake of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, the Biden Administration has announced the United States has adopted  “Over the Horizon” strategy for intervening against suspected terrorists, “We can’t kill our way to success,” notes former CIA officer Douglas London in Just Security. ” Perhaps the greatest flaw in an “Over the Horizon” strategy,...

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Avenging Soleimani: Iran Identifies Possible American Targets

Avenging Soleimani: Iran Identifies Possible American Targets

This is from the regime-friendly Mehr News Agency in Iran. The Iranian government is explicitly talking about how–not if–it will avenge the U.S. drone attack that took the life of Gen. Qasem Soleimani last January. Like him or not, Soleimani was instrumental in three Iranian military victories in recent years. That’s why Iran is keen...

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Lonely Elizabeth Warren Targets the Secret War in Somalia

Lonely Elizabeth Warren Targets the Secret War in Somalia

It is a measure of how accustomed official Washington has become to endless undeclared wars that the hearing room for the Senate Armed Services Committee was almost empty on Tuesday morning. The questioning of Army General Stephen Townsend, President Trump’s nominee to lead the U.S. Africa Command, was civil, if not perfunctory. In 2018, the...

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Endless War Recipe: Shroud the Toll of CIA Drone Strikes

Endless War Recipe: Shroud the Toll of CIA Drone Strikes

Former CIA analyst Paul Pillar explains the cost of the Trump administration’s decision to discontinue reporting on civilian casualties of CIA drone strikes. The cost is not only humanitarian, Pillar writes in LobeLog. A report dedicated to civilian casualties outside war zones can help, marginally, make the public more conscious of this dimension of the...

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