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CIA seeks permission to kill terrorists in Afghanistan with drones

WASHINGTON: The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is seeking permission from the US administration for expanded powers to carry out covert drone strikes in Afghanistan and other active war zones. However, some quarters in the Pentagon are opposed to the idea fearing the move could put in danger US troops on Afghan soil. If approved by President Trump, it would mark the first time the C.I.A. has had such powers in Afghanistan, expanding beyond its existing authority to carry out covert strikes against Al Qaeda and other…

Drone strikes counter-productive, violate sovereignty of Pakistan. : FO

ISLAMABAD: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Nafees Zakria on Thursday said that drone strikes are counter-productive and violate the sovereignty of Pakistan. Responding to question during the weekly media briefing, the FO spokesman maintained that Pakistan's policy is clear on this issue that such strikes are are counter-productive and violate the sovereignty of Pakistan. The statement came just after a day when a Pakistan Air Force JF-17 Thunder jet shot down an Iranian drone – UAV – in Balochistan’s Panjgur…

Unilateral actions like drone strikes are counterproductive: COAS

PESHAWAR: Chief of Army staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday said that unilateral actions like drone strikes are counterproductive and against the spirit of ongoing cooperation and intelligence sharing undertaken by Pakistan. “Pakistan Army is capable of taking effective measure if actionable intelligence is shared,” he said during the visit to Peshawar Corps Headquarters. The Army Chief was given a detailed briefing on the situation along Pak-Afghan border, ongoing and future operations, progress on…