U.S. strategy that relies on armed drones to kill terrorism suspects overseas “rests on questionable assumptions and risks increasing instability and escalating costs,” according to a year-long study by a group of prominent military, intelligence and foreign policy experts.
Pilot misjudgment and an over-reliance on automated systems were the main causes of last year’s crash of Asiana Flight 214 in San Francisco that killed three people, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded Tuesday.
Secretary of State John Kerry talked to Kurdish leaders in Irbil today, urging them to keep the autonomous region as part of Iraq. Kerry’s visit came as the Sunni extremist group ISIS says it has cemented control of Iraq’s largest oil refinery, and as sectarian divisions are threatening to pull Iraq apart.
Remember last week when President Obama said he planned to send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq? Well, the U.S. couldn’t do it until the Iraqi government gave U.S. soldiers immunity from prosecution, through what’s called a “diplomatic note.”
Officials said Kerry would address the government’s heavy-handed tactics against political opponents, mass trials and death sentences, as well as broader security questions. A lot of the focus of the trip, however, was on Iraq.