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How US counterterrorism operations ignited an Islamist uprising.

The Pentagon’s Afghan basing plans for prisons, drones and black ops.

Drone flies above Afghanistan

With the invention of drones, we crossed into a new frontier: killing that’s risk-free, remote, and detached from human cues.

How drones, special operations forces and the US Navy plan to end national sovereignty as we know it.

What seventy downed drones reveal about the new American way of war.

Air Force Space Command Network Operations & Security Center

Governments are ramping up investment in cyberweaponry as well as cybersecurity, opening a dark new frontier.

Anwar al-Awlaki

Welcome to the Drone Empire, in which the president's executioners can kill without legal restraint.

Indha Adde

How US proxy wars helped create a militant Islamist threat.

A mosque in Minnesota

Community partnerships are seen as a softer counterterrorism. But who are the partners?

In a secret, underground prison in Mogadishu, Somalia, prisoners have no access to due process, international organizations or anyone from the outside world.

Blogs

As President Saleh’s corrupt regime teeters on the brink of collapse, the US belatedly backs reform in Yemen.

April 4, 2011

The US doesn't want Yemen's autocratic president to lose his grip on power: he’s one of the administration’s main allies in the war on terror.

April 1, 2011

In efforts to target Al Qaeda members in Yemen, the US has unintentionally weakened President Saleh’s regime.

April 1, 2011

Should the US arm Libya's rebels? For The Nation's Jeremy Scahill, the answer is an emphatic “No.”

March 31, 2011

Last week GRITtv spoke to Dave Lindorff about Raymond Davis, the CIA employee held in Pakistan, accused of shooting two Pakistani civilians. Davis has been released after a reported $2.3 million was paid to the families of the victims. Davis is free, his secrets protected.

March 17, 2011

The military has floated plans to send Special Forces across the Afghan border into Pakistan's tribal areas. Not gonna happen.

January 8, 2011

From dumb to dumber in Afghanistan: the US military wants to use Special Forces to invade Pakistan.

December 21, 2010

President Obama's chief adviser on counterterrorism is mum on whether the administration is planning a covert war In Yemen.

December 20, 2010

 On MSNBC's Countdown, Greg Mitchell and Chris Hayes ask, has WikiLeaks' Julian Assange really endangered lives?

December 3, 2010

When Jeremy Scahill reported on a secret US war in Pakistan last year, the Pentagon called his article "conspiratorial." But now, says Scahill on Democracy Now!, the latest WikiLeaks diplomatic cables dump confirms his reporting.

December 3, 2010