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     Jun 9, 2014

Karachi airport attack claims 23 dead

The Pakistani Taliban on Monday claimed responsibility for an attack on Karachi airport that left at least 23 people dead, reportedly including 10 attackers. The group said the act was in revenge for their late leader Hakimullah Mehsud, who was killed in a US drone strike in November. The airport was chosen for the attack "because it serves as the biggest air logistics centre supplying goods for the Crusaders' war in Afghanistan and Pakistan". (Jun 9, '14)

Smoke rises from Jinnah International Airport in Karachi after militants launched an assault there late on Sunday. Pakistan's security forces said on June 9 they had relaunched a military operation at the airport as gunfire resumed several hours after they announced the end of the militants' attack.

US, fess up to drone killings! From: RBN COMMENT - A picture is worth a thousands words By RMN The White House administration continues to deny its drone program is a violation of human rights that kills innocent civilians. We’ve seen evidence from countries affected directly, outrage from the international community, and now protests from American organizations including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. What’s it going to take to get it through the US’ thick skull that its drone program is a blight upon the planet? The Resident (aka Lori Harfenist) discusses. 

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The U.S. government, fearful of a national security breach, is seeking to redact more information before releasing a document laying out its legal reasoning for drone killings of Americans overseas who are suspected of terrorism, the Associated Press reports.

The filing (PDF) late Thursday at the New York-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals did not appeal a ruling by that court last month ordering the document released after a Freedom of Information request by The New York Times and the American Civil Liberties Union. But some of the information in it could pose “exceptionally grave harm to national security,” said the petition by the U.S.

Justice Department, Department of Defense and CIA.

Besides harming national security, the agencies argue, release of some of the information would chill confidential deliberations and legal advice.

The Times’ assistant general counsel, David E. McGraw, told the AP that “the government raised all these points before and lost.” The FOIA request came after three U.S. citizens were killed in 2011 in two drone strikes in Yemen.

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