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5th July 2016 - Quoted by Kevin Liptak - CNN

White House reveals number of civilian deaths from drone strikes

President Barack Obama's administration estimated Friday that between 64 and 116 civilians have died during the years 2009-2015 from U.S. drone strikes outside of Iraq and Afghanistan.

5th July 2016 - USA Today

Analysis: Attacks show radicals retain foothold in Saudi Arabia

David Andrew Weinberg

A wave of suicide attacks Monday in Saudi Arabia, especially one near the burial site of the prophet Mohammed, shows that radicals are increasingly challenging the Al Saud royal family and its role as official protector of Islam's holiest sites.

2nd July 2016 - Quoted by Tim Chester - Mashable

Up to 116 civilians killed by drones during Obama administration, White House says

Bill Roggio

Between 64 and 116 civilians were killed by drone strikes outside conventional warzones during the Obama administration by the end of 2015, according to figures released Friday.

2nd July 2016 - Quoted by Taimur Khan - The National

US releases report on counterrorism strike deaths – with glaring omissions

Bill Roggio

After months of anticipation over an ongoing review by the Obama administration of civilian deaths caused by US drone strikes, the White House has quietly issued a short report that raises far more questions than it answers.

2nd July 2016 - Quoted by Rukmini Callimachi - The New York Times

ISIS Seems to Tailor Attacks for Different Audiences

Thomas Joscelyn

The first to be killed was a jogger, gunned down last September during his daily run in the leafy diplomatic quarter of Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka.

1st July 2016 - Quoted by Deb Reichmann - Associated Press

US says up to 116 civilians killed in counterterror strikes

Bill Roggio

Peeling back some of the secrecy of America's drone strikes on suspected terrorists, the Obama administration on Friday said it has killed up to 116 civilians in counterterror attacks in Pakistan, Yemen and other places where the U.S. is not engaged in active, on-the-ground warfare.

1st July 2016 - Quoted by Phil Stewart, Jonathan Landay and Roberta Rampton - Reuters

U.S. says kills up to 116 civilians in strikes outside war zones

President Barack Obama's government accepted responsibility on Friday for inadvertently killing up to 116 civilians in strikes in countries where America is not at war, a major disclosure likely to inflame debate about targeted killings and use of drones. Obama's goal for the release of the...

1st July 2016 - Quoted by Kristina Wong - The Hill

State officially designates al Qaeda in South Asia as a terrorist group

Bill Roggio

The State Department has officially designated al Qaeda's branch in South Asia as a foreign terrorist group, according to a notice published Friday. The group, known as al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), is based in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Burma. Its emir,...

1st July 2016 - Quoted by Becca Stanek - The Week

White House reveals civilian death toll from drone strikes

Bill Roggio

On Friday, the Obama administration revealed that the U.S. has killed between 64 and 116 civilians and 2,500 members of terrorist groups in counterterrorism airstrikes conducted outside of active war zones.

1st July 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Boeing Comes Under Bipartisan Criticism Over Controversial Jet Sale to Iran

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Boeing’s recently announced multi-billion dollar deal with Iran has drawn stinging rebukes from influential members of Congress on both sides of the aisle.

1st July 2016 - Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

Al-Qaida’s New Branch In India Just Made It On State Dept’s Terror List

Bill Roggio

In an effort to combat the spread of terrorism, the U.S. Department of State has added al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) to its official terrorist list.

1st July 2016 - Quoted by Mike Dorning - Bloomberg

U.S. Counts Drone Kills and Comes Up Short, Rights Groups Say

U.S. military and intelligence agencies have killed as many as 116 civilians in clandestine air strikes on terrorists and militants since President Barack Obama took office, the White House said on Friday in its first accounting of non-combatant deaths.

1st July 2016 - Quoted by Karen DeYoung, Greg Miller - The Washington Post

White House releases its count of civilian deaths in counterterrorism operations under Obama

The United States has inadvertently killed between 64 and 116 civilians in drone and other lethal air attacks against terrorism suspects in non-war zones, the Obama administration said Friday.

1st July 2016 - Quoted by Charlie Savage, Scott Shane - The New York Times

U.S. Reveals Death Toll From Airstrikes Outside War Zones

Bill Roggio

Partially lifting the secrecy that has cloaked one of the United States’s most contentious tactics for fighting terrorists, the Obama administration on Friday said that it believed that airstrikes it has conducted outside conventional war zones like Afghanistan have killed 64 to 116...

30th June 2016 - Quoted by Eli Lake - Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia: Framed for 9/11, Guilty of Fueling Hate

David Andrew Weinberg

It's not a great moment to be a Saudi diplomat in Washington these days. The Republican presidential candidate thinks your country should pay for U.S. military protection.

30th June 2016 - Quoted by Uzay Bulut - Voice of America

Ramadan-related Violence Concerns Turkish Rights Activists

Aykan Erdemir

When beer-drinking fans of a British rock band arrived at an Istanbul record shop earlier this month, some Muslim neighbors were so incensed about the perceived disrespect during the Muslim holy month that they attacked patrons.

30th June 2016 - Quoted by Sune Engel Rasmussen, Zahra Nader - The Guardian

Iran covertly recruits Afghan Shias to fight in Syria

Amir Toumaj

Iran is covertly recruiting hundreds of Afghan Shias in Afghanistan to fight for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, drawing them out of their own conflict-ridden country and into another war in which Afghanistan plays no official part.

29th June 2016 - Quoted by Charlotte Alfred - The Huffington Post

Turkey Blames ISIS For Istanbul Terror Attack As Details Of Victims Emerge

Aykan Erdemir

After a night of carnage left 41 people dead in Istanbul Ataturk Airport, there was still little information on Wednesday about the identities of the attackers.

29th June 2016 - Quoted by Menekse Tokyay - Al Arabiya

What triggered the deadly Turkish airport attack?

Aykan Erdemir

The international departure terminal of Istanbul’s main and largest airport, Ataturk, was hit on Tuesday by three consecutive suicide bombings, wounding more than 150 people and killing at least 36.

29th June 2016 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

White House Emerges as Iran’s Top ‘Lobbying Shop’

Mark Dubowitz

Obama administration officials are orchestrating an international campaign to encourage businesses and governments to reengage in the Iranian marketplace, prompting accusations from leading members of Congress that the White House is behaving as the Islamic Republic’s top global...


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