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Julian Assange interviewed by David Frost; 131 Vets Arrested: Veterans for Peace White House Civil Disobedience to End War; Ellsberg on WikiLeaks

December 21, 2010

Julian Assange interviewed by David Frost, a David Paradine Production for Al Jazeera

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Veterans for Peace White House Civil Disobedience to End War. 131 Veterans arrested in front of the White House Dec. 16, 2010 Join them, Click Here…

Hear Daniel Ellsberg’s analysis of WikiLeaks information, and his statement on the Obama Administration’s tranparency.

Part Two: Ellsberg on WikiLeaks

LeT as dangerous as Taliban, al-Qaida: US; U.S. struggles to counter Taliban propaganda; US drone strikes kill 15 in North Waziristan; Peter Bergen, Katherine Tiedmann’s Year of the Drone Interactive Map, must see

October 3, 2010

Lashkar-e-Taiba

On March 27, we predicted that since the U.S. CIA director said that there were “…less than 100 al-Qaida in Afghanistan..”, that the LeT would be the new “terrorist targets”, click here to see that Post. The following story comes from The Times of India, click here for the full story. This is another reason to never stop military action in Central Asia. Where to next?

    NEW DELHI: The US on Thursday said Lashkar-e-Taiba terror outfit was as dangerous as Taliban and al-Qaida with which it was working in close coordination and that Pakistan has been asked to deny it a foothold in that country.

U.S. struggles to counter Taliban propaganda, from the New York Times, read the whole story, click here. Ed. Note: The Pentagon has spent over $500 Million on “Public Relations” to show the “good results of the military efforts” and the Taliban are winning this PR war also? What gives? Get out now…

    KABUL – The Taliban in recent months has developed increasingly sophisticated and nimble propaganda tactics that have alarmed U.S. officials struggling to curb the militant group’s growing influence across Afghanistan.

US drone strikes kill 15 in North Waziristan, from Dawn.com, click here for full story.

    MIRANSHAH: Two US drone strikes killed 15 militants Saturday in a lawless tribal belt in Pakistan, where a land route for Nato supplies was blocked for a third consecutive day, officials said.

    Officials in Washington say its drone strikes in the region have killed several high-value targets, including Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud, and help protect troops in Afghanistan from attacks plotted across the border.

    …However, drone attacks are a sensitive issue in Pakistan as the attacks also fuel anti-American sentiment in the conservative Muslim country.

    …Pakistani officials have reported that at least 21 US drone strikes in September have killed around 120 people, the highest monthly toll for the attacks.

See Peter Bergen, Katherine Tiedmann’s work at counterterrorism/New American, click here and see the map from Year of the Drone, click here.

    Our study shows that the 172 reported drone strikes in northwest Pakistan, including 76 in 2010, from 2004 to the present have killed approximately between 1,153 and 1,772 individuals, of whom around 842 to 1,238 were described as militants in reliable press accounts. Thus, the true non-militant fatality rate since 2004 according to our analysis is approximately 30 percent

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The wars go on, as we take a Vacation

August 28, 2010

Dear Readers: We’re off on Vacation, returning in early September. Is there a war or wars going on? Do you feel it in any way? Besides the job losses and the state budgets all underwater?

In the meantime, the People of Pakistan have been hit with the worse flooding ever. Can you imagine what it is like to have whole villages washed away, all livestock gone, all crops gone? Many will die due to the lack of food and drinking water. And from diseases carried by the contaminated flood waters. Send a few bucks to the Red Cross or Red Crescent if you can.

Where are they going? Imagine if this were you and your family

And the United States still uses Assassination Drones to hit targets in Pakistan. Today. Read it here.

We’re off to visit relatives and relax. We wish the People of Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan (Somalia, Yemen, and many other places) could go on a vacation and not have war around them. It is time to End the Wars. We are accomplishing nothing except making more “terrorists”.

The Real Face of War; Violence on the Rise in Afghanistan, Iraq- the Endless War rolls on; US pounds Taliban in pair of strikes in North Waziristan (Updated)

May 11, 2010

Thanks to Redpill4U Video April, 2007. The Real Face of War…What has changed? Less money and jobs in the US, teachers getting laid off, every US state in economic trouble. But we need to send $33 Billion More to Afghanistan THIS MONTH. SAY NO. View the Video, take action below the video.

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Violence on the Rise in Afghanistan, Iraq; the Endless War rolls on
This story comes from THEO at his blog.
A good analysis, take a look here.

    From the intro: Recent events in both Iraq and Afghanistan are showing signs that the US’s ongoing wars are NOT coming to an end as the usual official narrative goes. As Juan Cole has written recently about this upsurge in violence and what it means for the two countries. See his three recent articles Afghanistan: 57 Insurgent Attacks a Day; Taliban Vow Major Campaign; Karzai to Visit Washington, Guerrilla War Continues: 31 Killed in Iraq Attacks; Allawi, Maliki Meet, and Iraq Death Toll from Attacks rises to 119, Biggest since Start of Year.

US pounds Taliban compound in North Waziristan (UPDATED) By Bill Roggio at The Long War Journal. Read it all here.
The US launched a barrage of missiles at a Taliban compound in a known al Qaeda haven in the Taliban stronghold of North Waziristan.

Unmanned Predators or the more deadly Reapers fired 12 missiles at a compound and vehicles parked outside in the Datta Khel region near the Afghan border. The compound was described as a “training camp” run by North Waziristan Taliban leader Hafiz Gul Bahadar…Today’s strike is the third reported inside Pakistan this month, and the second in three days. The US is well on its way to exceeding last year’s strike total in Pakistan. So far this year, the US has carried out 34 strikes in Pakistan; all of the strikes this year have taken place in North Waziristan. In 2009, the US carried out 53 strikes in Pakistan; and in 2008, the US carried out 36 strikes in the country. [For up-to-date charts on the US air campaign in Pakistan, see: "Charting the data for US airstrikes in Pakistan, 2004 - 2010."] Thanks to The Long War Journal for their up-to-date-drone information.

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Swat Valley, Show Us the damage ravaged by war, how many Swat residents still homeless?

January 7, 2010

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In a story in July 2009, it was reported that 250,000 of 2 Million displaced Swat residents returned to their homes after the attack by the Pakistani Military (More here).

We at Out of Central Asia Now have been calling on the Pakistani press to SHOW US SWAT VALLEY NOW, let’s see the damage done to the homes, farms, roads, public buildings, but no one will show us. Here’s an article about what is described as the conditions in Swat Valley today, but again, it is not in any detail. Where’s the photos, the TV crews? If it is all so good, show us (more of our “displaced person” stories here)

Swat Valley War Damage, June 2009, after Pakistan Army began assault

After Swat Valley, the Pakistan Army went to South Waziristan and displaced 2.5 Million people, and again, show us the damage. Show us the people returning to their bombed out villages. Now North Waziristan gets hit weekly by U.S. Assassination Predator/Raptor Drones with HellFire missiles being used to destroy “Taliban Terrorists and their training camps”. Today, 17 “Terrorists” killed by U.S. Assassination Drones (read story here) Show us. Even President Zardari says “Drone attacks not helping war on terror”. Also, for the first time, a local government is calling on Islamabad: “Drone attacks ‘arrogant violation’ of Pak sovereignty: JI, and that the government had not even formally protested over the “persistent and arrogant violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty”. And finally, a MUST READ: Prime Minister Gilani announces relief package for NWFP, FATA. Tax Relief? Don’t pay for utilities? This is in the “Package”. The Pakistan Government and Military declared “Civil War” on their own people at the insistance of the U.S. Government, attack Swat Valley, South Waziristan next, now U.S. Assassination Predator Drones killing people in North Waziristan and throughout the FATA and MWFP areas.

View: Rehabilitation of Swat —Zubair Torwali, a story in dailytimes.com/pk

[Ed. Note: Bold wording not part of the original article. This Swat Valley story shows how hard it is to "rebuild" and to give aid to people "displaced" upon their return. It is an example of what faces "reconstruction" and "rehabilitation" throughout Central Asia War Zones. U.S. must End the War(s) NOW]

    It is said that each child at the government primary schools will get a certain amount of food items for some years. The reason behind this is of course to tempt them to enrol, and discourage dropping out. This may be counter-productive as many parents would send their children to schools to get the ration only. A complete rehabilitation of terrorism and counter terrorism hit areas of Pakistan, particularly the scenic valley of Swat, will probably take years if not decades but, nevertheless, a thorough and speedy initiative needs to be launched immediately. To demand an immediate rehabilitation is sane but to demand a realistic and well planned rehabilitation is critical. Society and its infrastructure in the areas are severely devastated. It is not a single area of human living that can be termed the most hit but an overall damage to every aspect is now well evident from the impacts and debris. By now some of the rehabilitation work is underway; and some of the non-governmental agencies have turned to Swat to intervene. It is a welcome move and should be applauded. But the concern the local expertise expresses is the haphazard rehabilitation activities by the non-governmental agencies; the governmental agencies have yet to find a space in the area or they are too lazy to move on. What is feared here is a replication of what has been done in the areas that had been hit badly by the October 2005 earthquake in Pakistan.

    After the earthquake a large number of international organisations came and gave their input in the rehabilitation work in the areas. This rush was indeed to succour. Billions of dollars were spent in the affected areas but recent studies on the socio-economic situation in the areas do not show very good results. Those were times when lots of relief items were distributed among the people of the areas. Many organisations carried situation analyses, and based on these, got funds from the international donors. Most of the organisations opted to focus the easily accessible areas where they could carry out their projects with ease. Thus the remote areas were left as they were while the nearby towns got multiple projects in the same sector. A lot of funds went to waste, and the net result remained bleak. Another lapse the international and national organisations were guilty of was to rely on the expertise of outsiders. These outsiders did not have the local context in their expertise. The local expertise was not deemed worthy of participating. Thus the development in these areas lacks sustainability and endurance. Besides, it lacked the need-based approach. The influx of the relief items in the areas, though needed in most cases, have turned the people into mere beggars. Many inhabitants had by then abandoned their work in other places in Pakistan, and in the Gulf states, and had come to settle in the areas in order to get the minimum cash relief of Rs 25,000 or maximum Rs 75,000. Civil society workers, who had rendered services in the earthquake areas, tell us shocking stories of how the people had been turned into mere dependents by providing them with relief without considering the far reaching social and psychological impacts. Not only this, the relief organisations had ignored the poor in the remote areas and poured money into the pockets of the influential figures in the area. This writer had witnessed an event in one of the affected localities where a single political figure managed to get 125 cheques of Rs 25,000 each. To avoid such a situation in Swat, a comprehensive coordination among all the stakeholders is a prerequisite.

    This preamble is to highlight the need to plan and coordinate well before implementing any rehabilitation work in Swat and other districts of Malakand division. The local experts in the education and rehabilitation sectors fear that what had been done in the earthquake-affected areas would be repeated in Swat. Their concern that funds would be used for activities that might not have visible impacts in overall development cannot be simply ignored. The local experts need to be involved, otherwise sustainability will not be achieved. The national and international organisations must evolve an inclusive policy. They need to include the local workforce not only in the workers category but also in the planning and management tiers. Capacity of the local manpower is to be built rather than bringing outsiders on the pretext of their being experienced. This approach must be checked before it goes too far. To illustrate the point, take the example of distribution of food stuff in some areas in Swat. It is said that each child at the government primary schools will get a certain amount of food items for some years. The reason behind this is of course to tempt them to enrol, and discourage dropping out. This may be counter-productive as many parents would send their children to schools to get the ration only, and as soon as the ration stops, the child will stop going to school. The parents may also pull out their children from the private schools and send them to the government run schools. Many projects will focus their plans on children as children are more prone to radicalisation. But the most needed segment in education is the drop-outs, particularly those children who are in their teens and are not receiving an education. They should be focused on first as they are the manpower for the militancy to easily hire, and be lured. The youngsters who have left school after or at the matriculation level — in Swat most youth abandon education at this level due to the acute poverty in the area, especially the remote villages of Swat — should get more of the education projects than younger children as they are the most susceptible to indoctrination.

    The main goals of education are described in the abbreviation KSA — Knowledge, Skills, and Attitude. Among these, attitude change is the most critical domain of education. This change can come by fostering critical thinking but our conventional education discourages it. Nevertheless, a higher education can help to keep the younger folk away from the militancy. On the one hand by continuing higher education the youth can be kept engaged, while on the other they can be useful for social development. But as stated earlier, the people of Swat, especially the inhabitants of the remote villages, cannot afford to carry on their education at the higher or secondary level. They cannot do so because the higher education facilities are beyond their reach. Education is usually the area most of the organisations would love to begin with but they should plan to offer scholarships for the students to carry on their education at the higher level. The government should build colleges, at least in each main town of Swat. The declaration of establishing a university by the NWFP Chief Minister, Amir Haider Hoti, has been hailed by the people of Swat. The work on this project must receive top priority.

    Space does not allow presenting concerns over the construction of roads, hospitals, schools and other physical infrastructure, but in order to understand the issue the example of education is sufficient to begin with. No reasonable person would deny that there are pressing challenges on the ground but they can certainly be translated into opportunities by the will of the government and the people. The writer is a freelance analyst based in Swat, and coordinates Idara Baraye Taleem-o-Taraqi, i.e. Centre for Education and Development there. He can be reached at ztorwali@gmail.com

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Question Asked “Will Obama be any different than Bush?”; Spend Millions to blow it up, then give $450 Million to repair it: Waziristan, Pakistan; 70,000 U.S. Troop Casualties, Enough is Enough !

January 1, 2010

May 2010 bring Peace on Earth, but it can only begin by Ending the War(s) in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and other war zones. You are responsible and you can force an End to the War(s). Action items at the end of the Post. Peace be with you and your loved ones.

“Creating more terrorists”, that is the result of using U.S. Assassination Drones firing their Hellfire missiles. The U.S. forced the Pakistan Government and Military to attack their own people in South Waziristan and North Waziristan, “displacing” over 2.5 Million of their citizens. Can you imagine your whole city where you live right now having to get out of town and stay elsewhere for months? Then you return to what? Read on:

US to release $1.2 billion in January under CSF

* Washington announces $55 million grant for infrastructure rehabilitation, restoration of power supply to South Waziristan From Today’s Dailytimes.com/pk:

    By Ijaz Kakakhel

    ISLAMABAD: US Ambassador Anne W Patterson on Thursday announced that Washington would release $1.2 billion in January 2010 as part of the Coalition Support Fund (CSF).

    The release had been delayed due to non-availability of responsible personnel in the US embassy to process the case, she told reporters after signing an agreement for $55 million Infrastructure Rehabilitation and Construction Programme in South Waziristan. The US ambassador said Washington would provide $3.5 billion to Pakistan in one year, which would include $1.1 billion in military assistance and $1.5 billion for humanitarian and other assistance.

    Grant: The $55 million grant would be disbursed for infrastructure rehabilitation and the restoration of power supply affected by the military operations against the Taliban in South Waziristan. NWFP Additional Chief Secretary Habibullah Khan and Robert Wilson, director USAID signed the agreement on behalf of respective governments.

    “The US is committed to the reconstruction efforts through direct support to the government of Pakistan”, Patterson said, adding that the Taliban had been forced to retreat due to the efforts of the Pakistan Army. “The people of Waziristan have sacrificed tremendously in the war against terrorism,” she said. “This support is part of the strategic agreements worth $899 million signed by the two governments on September 30, 2009,” she said, adding that the grant would be directly provided to the FATA Secretariat, as it worked with the Frontier Works Organisation, the Water and Power Development Authority, and other local agencies to rebuild roads and develop the water and power supply system.

    The ambassador reiterated that the US would directly provide assistance to Pakistan. “US has developed the monitoring system that would help to ensure transparency in the disbursement system,” she added. She said the US was the largest assistance provider to FATA, with provisions of over $100 million in small infrastructure, education, health and economic growth projects during that last two years. “In addition, the US has provided more than $300 million to help the displaced persons in FATA and the NWFP,” she said and reiterated the US pledge to continue support for infrastructure development in the FATA. The grants would be used for the construction of 100 kilometres of the Makeen Road and take measures for improving the quality of life of the local population.

NATO Kills at Least Eight Afghan Civilians in Fresh Air Strike
House Targeted After Ambush Near Helmand Capital
From Antiwar.com by Jason Ditz, December 31, 2009

The number of civilian deaths in Afghanistan continues to rise. In the second high profile incident this week alone, officials say that NATO killed at least eight Afghan civilians in an overnight air strike in the restive Helmand Province. At least three of them were children. The attack came near the Helmand capital of Lashkar Gah, when foreign forces called in an air strike after coming under ambush. It is unclear why the house was the target, as the fighters do not appear to have been near the house at the time of the bombing.

NATO has so far declined comment on the Helmand killings, and is still scrambling to explain away the even more high profile Kunar massacre on the other side of the country, in which forces, which NATO now claims were “non-military Americans” killed 10 Afghan civilians, eight of them children. But virtually the entire British contribution to the war and an increasing number of US troops have been fighting in Helmand, where the Taliban’s power has grown so much that they are distributing travel permits to people coming in and out of Lashkar Gah. As NATO tries to convince the province’s residents accept them over the Taliban, the latest killings will likely do considerable harm to their PR campaign.

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Predator Assassination Drones at work killing in North Waziristan, Pakistan; Karazi “cleans up corruption in new cabinet picks” or more of the same?; Over 70,000 U.S. Soldier Casualties so far, when is Enough Enough?”

December 19, 2009

The U.S. Assassination Drones are at work in North Waziristan. Over 50 attacks by Predator or Reaper U.S. Drones have taken place since January 2009. In 2008, there were 36 attacks for the full year. A full list of each attack is located at the bottom of the article below.

U.S. Assassination Drone in flight, a Dawn.com photo

US airstrike kills 8 Punjabi Taliban in North Waziristan By Bill Roggio at The Long War Journal

    The US killed eight Islamist terrorists in the third airstrike in two days in Pakistan’s Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan.

    …The Datta Khel region is a stronghold of both the Haqqani Network and North Waziristan Taliban leader Hafiz Gul Bahadar; they both shelter al Qaeda leaders and fighters. The US has pressured Pakistan to dismantle the Haqqani Network, but has been rebuffed. The Haqqani family is led by Jalaluddin and his son Siraj, who serves as the military commander. The network is based in both Pakistan and Afghanistan, and has the backing of the Pakistani military and its intelligence service. The Haqqanis have strong ties to al Qaeda. Siraj Haqqani is believed to be a member of al Qaeda’s military shura, or council, US intelligence officials have told The Long War Journal.

    The US has zeroed in on the Haqqani Network since killing Baitullah Mehsud in an Aug. 5 strike in South Waziristan. Baitullah was the leader of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, one of several Taliban groups operating in Pakistan. Since the Aug. 5 strike, 14 of the 18 reported airstrikes have taken place in North Waziristan, while the other four were in South Waziristan. Nine of the 14 attacks in North Waziristan occurred in territory administered by the Haqqani Network.

    So far this year, the US has carried out 50 airstrikes inside Pakistan. In all of 2008, 36 strikes were carried out. Since the US ramped up cross-border attacks in August 2008, 16 senior al Qaeda and Taliban leaders have been killed. Read the rest here.

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The United States has taken on “corruption” in the Afghanistan Government that they had initiated in 2003 and had watched and partnered with since then. Now as part of a “clean Afghanistan”, the U.S. is forcing President Hamid Kazari of The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to get rid of ministers in his cabinet that are “corrupt”. The story below from Al Jazeera reports on President Hamid Karazi’s new cabinet appointments. You be the judge. Do you think things have changed, or is this “window dressing”?

Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, has chosen ministers for his cabinet and presented them to parliament for approval.

The list of 23 was read to parliament by Anwar Khan Jigdalik, the minister for parliamentary affairs, on Saturday after a stormy session during which politicians questioned the legality of the process.
Mohammad Qasim Fahim, the Afghan vice-president, told MPs on Saturday that the nominees were being presented to parliament for “votes of confidence”. “The nominees include some former ministers who have shown excellence in their positions in their past term in office,” Fahim said.

Karzai’s choices are seen as the first test of his stated commitment to building a clean and accountable government and eradicating corruption. Key players:

Hashem Ahelbarra, Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Kabul, said: “It is a goverment of ‘appeasement’ as was described to me by a member of parliament. “The key players are still there, and there are about 12 new faces who represent most of the power brokers, mujahidin and warlords who endorsed President Karzai during the election. Read the rest here.

[Ed. Note: We are in Afghanistan to secure the Oil and Pipeline routes through Afghanistan and the best hope that these pipelines will be built in the future is if we keep the current Karazi Government in power. We, the United States, is propping up another hand-picked leader of a Failed State, ranked 178th our of 179 countries in "Nations with the worst conditions" listings. Now we have Pakistan attack their own people to "kill the Taliban" that supposedly sneak across the Afghan border and blow up car bombs and people committing suicide with bomb vests.
FOR WHAT? WHEN DOES IT END? WHAT DOES THE END LOOK LIKE? OUT NOW.]

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Read the story here: Last Week: US Iraq Casualties Rise to 72,548 From Voters For Peace By Michael Munk

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No Funds for Escalation, sign the Petition; Karazi and Gates agree “14 More Years”; U.S. Assassination Drone kills 3 in North Waziristan;

December 8, 2009

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You think U.S. troops will be coming out in 18 months as President Obama said? Karzai Says “Afghan Army Will Need Help Until 2024.” That’s 14 More Years, most likely much longer.

    “For another 15 to 20 years, Afghanistan will not be able to sustain a force of that nature and capability with its own resources,” Mr. Karzai said during a press conference here with Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates. He was referring to the number of Afghan forces needed to provide security for the entire country. Mr. Gates, who was in Kabul on an unannounced visit, acknowledged that there was a “realism on our part that it will be some time before Afghanistan is able to sustain its security forces entirely on its own.” He did not put a timetable on how long he expected the United States and its allies to pay for the Afghan security forces, but he held out the possibility that an improvement in Afghanistan’s finances in the future would allay some of the costs. Read more here.

Hellfire Missile, used on U.S. Assassination Predator and Raptor Drones in Afghanistan and Pakistan

U.S. Assassination Drones back at work: US airstrike kills 3 in North Waziristan From Bill Roggio at The Long War Journal, please read the whole article as Bill puts a lot of information forward that you will not read elsewhere.

    The US has killed three Taliban and al Qaeda fighters in its first strike in Pakistan’s tribal areas in two weeks. Unmanned US strike aircraft targeted and hit a vehicle in Pakistan’s Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan. Two Hellfire missiles launched from unmanned Predator or Reaper attack aircraft hit the vehicle as it moved in the village of Aspalga, about seven miles southeast of the main town of Miramshah. “A car was hit by two missiles, killing three people and injuring three others,” a Pakistani security official told AFP. “The missiles were fired from a US drone,” another official told the news service. US intelligence officials contacted by The Long War Journal would not disclose the target of the strike nor would they confirm if any senior al Qaeda or Taliban leaders were killed.

    The region is a stronghold of the Haqqani Network. The Haqqani family is led by Jalaluddin and his son Siraj, who serves as the military commander. The network is based in both Pakistan and Afghanistan, and has the backing of the Pakistani military and its intelligence service, as well as strong ties to al Qaeda. Siraj Haqqani is believed to be a member of al Qaeda military shura, or council, US intelligence officials told The Long War Journal. US airstrikes inside Pakistan have tapered off since September, which saw six attacks. There were only two airstrikes in October and two in November. No senior al Qaeda or Taliban commanders were reported killed in those attacks.

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Stop the Assassination Drones:). Call Leon Panetta at (703) 482-0623, CIA headquarters, leave a message: No More Drone Assasination attacks, and don’t attack Quetta. End the War(s) NOW.

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