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Family of driver killed in US strike on Taliban leader file criminal case

family of driver kiled by drone files criminal chargesThe family of a taxi driver who was killed in a drone strike while driving the leader of the Afghan Taliban across Pakistan have lodged a criminal case against the US government.

Mohammad Azam was killed on 21 May while unwittingly taking Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor from the Iranian border to Quetta, the capital of Balochistan.

The unprecedented attack has thrown into uncertainty possible peace talks with the Taliban as well as US-Pakistan relations.

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Pentagon: U.S. troops sent to Yemen in al-Qaida battle

US troops sent to YemenA "small number" of U.S. troops were deployed to support Arab forces in Yemen, the Pentagon announced Friday.

Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said the troops have been in the conflict-stricken country for about two weeks in an effort to assist both Yemeni and Emirati special forces against the militants, according to the Washington Post.

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22,000 alleged Islamic State militants identified in registration forms

IS membership revealedAbout 22,000 alleged Islamist militants who joined the Islamic State have been identified after the militant group's registration forms were leaked to German intelligence and British media.

The names, addresses, telephone numbers and family contacts of IS militants who registered when they joined the Islamic State were revealed in a flash drive to Sky News delivered by a "disillusioned convert to the group."

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Portrait of an Afghan drone victim

Afghan drone victimThe food stand was completely destroyed. So, too, was the body of its owner, 21-year-old Sadiq Rahim Jan.

"My brother was torn to pieces. Almost nothing was left of him," says Islam Rahim Jan.

It was July 2012 and his death plunged his family into despair and poverty.

Sadiq was the family's main breadwinner. His income as the owner of the only food stand in the village of Gardda Zarrai, in the eastern Afghan province of Paktia, provided for his parents and four siblings.

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What Donald Rumsfeld Knew We Didn’t Know About Iraq

RumsfeldOn September 9, 2002, as the George W. Bush administration was launching its campaign to invade Iraq, a classified report landed on the desk of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. It came from Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and it carried an ominous note.

“Please take a look at this material as to what we don’t know about WMD,” Rumsfeld wrote to Air Force General Richard Myers. “It is big.”

The report was an inventory of what U.S. intelligence knew—or more importantly didn’t know—about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. Its assessment was blunt: “We’ve struggled to estimate the unknowns. ... We range from 0% to about 75% knowledge on various aspects of their program.”

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U.S. soldier killed, two wounded in Afghanistan

Afghanistan battle kills one US soldierOne U.S. soldier was killed during a joint U.S.-Afghan Special Operations mission in Afghanistan, two U.S. defense officials told CNN on Tuesday.

Defense officials said a medical helicopter was hit by mortar fire while on the ground but was able to take off. The incident occurred in Marjah in Helmand Province.

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U.S., Russia dominate arms transfers to developing countries

Arms sales dominated by US, RussiaThe United States and Russia dominated government-to-government arms transfer agreements with developing countries from 2011 to 2014.

According to the U.S. Congressional Research Service, arms transfer agreements with developing nations constituted 75.5 percent of all such agreements globally from 2011 to 2014, and 86.0 percent of agreements in 2014.

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