This Week in War

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Photo: Kabul, Afghanistan. An Afghan soldier stands guard at the presidential palace on June 25th following a Taliban attack. Shah Merai/AFP/Getty

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Did Obama violate his own rules on drone strikes?

A high ranking member of the Taliban was killed in Pakistan this week by a US drone strike only days after President Obama announced a shift in the country’s counterterrorism operations. Wali ur-Rehman was among those killed and his death is being lauded as a blow to the Taliban. But what does the event say about Obama’s remarks regarding the drone program? Marcy Wheeler of EmptyWheel.net joins Meghan Lopez to discuss what this means for Obama’s promise of respecting state sovereignty and his proposed changes in the war against terror.

Guerrilla Blog Dispatches – May 29, 2013

Pilot

US Launches First Drone Strike in Pakistan in Six Weeks

Top Pakistan Militant Said Killed in US Drone Strike

New Drone Strike Undercuts Obama’s Promises on Robot War

Pentagon Confirms Drone Crash in Somalia

Chinese Hackers Spying on US Weapons Programs

Photo: Piloting the MQ-1C Sky Warrior unmanned aircraft system, Chief Warrant Officer Frank Volpe Jr., from Montville, Conn., a UAS technician and operator diligently monitors the aircraft’s systems. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Travis Zielinski, 1st ACB, 1st Cav. Div., USD-C.)

Guerrilla Blog Dispatches – May 28, 2013

Obama Sit Room

Obama Narrows Scope of Terror War

Obama’s Drone Rules Leave Unanswered Questions

New Terror Strategy Shifts CIA Focus Back to Spying

Thirty-Five Guantanamo Hunger Strikers Are Force-Fed

WikiLeaks Releases Transcript of Critical US Film

Photo: President Barack Obama holds a meeting in Situation Room of the White House. From left at the table, National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, Attorney General Eric Holder, FBI Director Robert Mueller, CIA Director John Brennan, and Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President of Homeland Security and Counterterrorism. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Chomsky Talks “Dirty Wars” with Scahill and Goodman

Noam Chomsky, Jeremy Scahill, and Amy Goodman discuss the book “Dirty Wars”