Islamic Emirate Afghanistan: Worldwide American drone terrorism (guest blog)



(First published on Radical Sister, November 23rd 2014)

America is the birthplace of terrorism around the world or we can say that America is The Great Satin and the head of the snake that is terrorizing innocent people and invading Independent countries around the globe throughout its history. It has also provided assistance to numerous authoritarian regimes that have used terror as a tool of repression. United States support to non-state and state terrorists has been prominent around the globe which can be quoted by many examples and which are known fact. Various reasons have been provided to justify such support. Support was also geared toward ensuring a conducive environment for American corporate interests abroad, especially when these interests came under threat. Creation of the artificial state of Israel is the biggest of them all and their support to killing of Palestinian Muslims. U.S. armed forces have committed war crimes in various wars in which they have been engaged and invading of free Independent countries throughout history.

What are Drones ?

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVS), known as drones, are aircraft either controlled by ‘pilots’ from the ground or increasingly, autonomously following a pre-programmed mission.  While there are dozens of different types of drones, they basically fall into two categories: those that are used for reconnaissance and surveillance purposes and those that are armed with missiles and bombs.

The US Reaper and Predator drones are, controlled via satellite from Nellis and Creech USAF base outside Las Vegas, Nevada. Or Ground crews launch drones from the conflict zone, then operation is handed over to controllers at video screens in specially designed trailers in the Nevada desert. One person ‘flies’ the drone, another operates and monitors the cameras and sensors, while a third person is in contact with the “customers”, ground troops and commanders in the war zone. While armed drones were first used in the Balkans war, their use has dramatically escalated in Afghanistan, Iraq and in the CIA’s declared war in many Muslim countries like Somalia, Syria, Yemen, Pakistan etc.

US Drones are killing children, terrorizing families in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Somalia etc. Such terror is brought by America in these countries dominated by Muslim population in which entire regions are being terrorized by the constant threat of death from the skies. Their way of life is collapsing: kids are too terrified to go to school, adults are afraid to attend weddings, funerals, business meetings or anything that involves gathering in groups.

An anonymous ex-military officer of the United States has recently said that ‘if there’s one guy we’re trying to hit and there is thirty-four other people in the building, thirty-five people are going to die that day’. Even the United Nation’s and its Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions is concerned that the United States’ drone campaign is terrorism.

The aerial attacks, initiated by former US president, George W. Bush, have escalated under President Barack Obama. President Obama recently defended the use of drones as “self-defense.”

The United Nations says the US-operated drone strikes pose a growing challenge to the international rule of law.

In Afghanistan drones kill the people of Afghanistan. You hear in the news and reports that every day, families, children and women are killed. US drones murder Afghan civilian men, women and children. American grounds forces do it up close and personal. US inflicted death, torture and other atrocities reflect daily life. Ordinary Afghans suffer most. They struggle to survive. American aggression is one of history’s greatest crimes. Trillions of dollars spent for mass slaughter and destruction. They’re spent for unchallenged global dominance. Afghanistan is ravaged and destroyed. Imperial lawlessness operates this way. Its appetite is insatiable. It ignores rule of law principles. It does whatever it wants. It does it where, when, by what means, and under whatever pretexts it contrives. Pentagon officials routinely whitewash serious war crimes. So do US commanders on the ground. Doing so is longstanding US policy. Under a decade long military agreement, Afghan officials can’t charge US forces with war crimes. Whatever they do, they’re immune. In Afghanistan Extreme poverty, unemployment, human misery, and constant fear reflect daily life. Washington prioritizes conquest, colonization, plunder and dominance which will never happen as the brave Afghans are near to driving out the invaders from their homeland despite the terror of Americans.

In Pakistan numerous drone strikes have been carried out by the US drones. Thousands of innocent civilian men, women and children have been killed. Hundreds are amputees. The drone program is used by the US administration as a license to kill beyond the reach of the courts or basic standards of international law. Every Human Rights law is broken by US in bombing the innocent civilians in Pakistan. The US is exploiting the remote regions in Pakistan for its drone program, including killings which are extrajudicial executions or war crimes.

In Yemen the people of Yemen can hear destruction before it arrives. In cities, towns and villages across this country, which hangs off the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula, the air buzzes with the sound of American drones flying overhead. The sound is a constant and a terrible reminder: a robot plane. If you are in the wrong place at the wrong time, the chaotic buzzing above sharpens into the death-herald of an incoming missile.

The drone strikes don’t require U.S. troops on the ground, and thus are easy to keep out of sight and out of mind. Over half of Yemen’s 24.8 million citizens are impacted every day. A war is happening, and one of the unforeseen casualties is the Yemeni mind. Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, trauma and anxiety are becoming rampant in the different corners of the country where drones are active.

In Somalia the US military uses remote-controlled drones for killings. According to witnesses, the attacks have mostly led to civilian casualties. Somalia is the example of U.S. mission creep, not success.

In October last year, a joint report by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said US officials could be found guilty of war crimes for the secret CIA drone attacks which have killed hundreds of people in Somalia.

US drone strikes have injured and killed civilians. US drone strike policies cause considerable and under-accounted-for harm to the daily lives of ordinary civilians, beyond death and physical injury. Their presence terrorizes men, women, and children, giving rise to anxiety and psychological trauma among civilian communities. Those living under drones have to face the constant worry that a deadly strike may be fired at any moment and the knowledge that they are powerless to protect themselves. These fears have affected behavior.

America the mother of terrorism cannot suppress the freedom fighters and ordinary civilians who want freedom from American terrorism and are waging war for their Independence. It is time for America to realize that it must abandon her campaign for the control of free countries and stop killing innocent Muslims and stop terrorizing people or else the fire that they have brought upon the free people will reach the gates of White house in Washington.


Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad . She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

Introducing “Eurodronics”: Drones as a weapon of religious and sectarian target killing


Ibrahim al-Rubaish (YouTube)

(First published on Radical Sister April 15th 2015)

Today once again we learn of the latest US drone strike casualty, this time, the US targeted killing of Ibrahim al-Rubaish the spiritual leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsular (AQAP) in Yemen. Al-Rubaish had a $5m bounty on his head and according to Al Jazeerawas “said to be from Saudi’s ultra-conservative Qassim region” and “has spent two decades of his life in jihad, fighting America and its agents”. He was also known to have fought in Afghanistan and was a detainee in Guantanamo later joining Al Qaeda.

Alongside “suspected” terrorists and known insurgents, it is estimated that around 364 civilians including at least 84 children and 25 women have died in Yemen due to US drone strikes. A new study carried out by George Soros’ Open Society Justice Foundation entitled “Death by Drone: Civilian Harm Caused By US Targeted Killings In Yemen” looked at nine case studies in which a total of 39 civilians, including 5 children, were killed or injured by drone attacks between May 2012 and April 2014. The conclusions included the following,

“the report casts serious doubt on whether the United States’ “near-certainty” standard(referring to accuracy of drone strikes) is being met on the ground, and whether the U.S. is complying with international law. 

The U.S. has not officially acknowledged any of these strikes or the resulting civilian casualties. None of the victims are aware of any investigation into the strikes, and in most cases did not receive meaningful compensation. Many survivors argue that the strikes are counterproductive, pushing Yemenis into the arms of al-Qaeda”

See the following link for detailed report,


Yemenis, victims of “Eudronics” an unethical practice of selection

(National Organization for Drone Victims Yemen)

However, an important aspect of drone warfare is often overlooked. This is what I have coined “Eudronics” , the inherent belief by influential state agents that some religions such as Christianity, Judaism are superior to others with one faith in particular Islam regarded as inferior and therefore Muslims must be targeted and annhilated through drone strikes. The same applies in relation to race and colour.

Drones are actually a weapon fueling sectarianism, exploring this further, the targets of drone missiles are in fact overwhelmingly non-white Sunni Muslims. When Foreign Policymagazine stated that AQAP had announced Rubaish’s death as a “hate-filled Crusader strike” Al Qaeda were in fact absolutely correct.

This practice is reminiscent of the Nazi programme of Eugenics, the promotion of the idea of “good” and “bad” stock  (εὖ eu means “good, well” and γένος genos means “race, stock, kin”) and of improving the genetic quality of the human population if necessary by eliminating negative stock. In the Nazi case it meant preserving the “white” “pure” Aryan” race by killing off the disabled, homosexual, gypsies and Jews (εὖ eu means “good, well” and γένος genos means “race, stock, kin”).

Eudronics is the promotion of “good” “white” “Christian” and “Jewish” stock by eliminating the “bad” “Islamic” stock focusing on killing the Muslims of the Middle-East, Africa and Asia predominately non-white, (in this case meaning drones are keeping “good” stock through the use of drones, targeted killing).

This is in fact an extension of the racism and Islamophobia we see for example in America with public policy discriminating against Muslims and cops killing blacks. It is similar in Israel where discrimination is against Palestinians and immigrant workers often from African states. Israel produces a high percentage of the world’s drones in an arms industry which grew out of Zionism.

As I have frequently said on social media, name me one white, non-Muslim drone victim and people are usually stumped.

In Pakistan, this selection of victims will now be carried out in a slightly different way using the Burraq (a home developed drone) targeting the people of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Tribal people, often Pashtuns have long been regarded as “second class citizens” controlled by a colonial black law known as FCR (Frontier Control Regulations) introduced by the British. I believe from years of observation and talking to drone victims, research would show that the vast majority of those killed are Sunni Muslims.

The Pakistan government have recently stated that they are reluctant to get involved on the ground to support Saudi Arabia in the current conflict in Yemen for fear of becoming involved in sectarian violence. The irony they have colluded with the use of Israeli designed Preadator drones from America, a weapon of selection inciting sectarianism for years.

The UN which is supposed to be examining the ethics around the use of armed drones has done nothing to address this issue. It is essential that research on drone victims includes details of race, ethnicity and religion. The world is in fact colluding with unethical selection procedures which are an extension of foreign policies as practiced by the US and allies during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan dividing communities and inciting sectarian violence. What is ironic is that the west is now accusing others of sectarian violence when their own practices have for years been built on division and sectarianism includingEudronics.

Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad. She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

As another drone strike allegedly kills 4, chimp proves superior to Pakistan military in downing a drone


Chimp downs a drone, puts Pakistan military to shame

(First published on Radical Sister blog April 12th 2015)

For years the Pakistan government has spurted rhetoric on drones violating Pakistan airspace and killing civilians whilst doing nothing practical to change this situation. It was stated at a UN conference by a representative from Pakistan that since Zarb -e-Asb military operations were launched in June 2014, US drone strikes (using Predator designed by an Israeli) were no longer needed. Pakistan now has its own drone Burraq but only today DAWN media reported,

“at least four suspected militants were killed when a US drone fired two missiles at a hideout in South Waziristan tribal region’s Shawal area along the Pak-Afghan border on Sunday.”

and also with regard to earlier drone strikes,

“in an audio message released Sunday, Usama Mahmood identified the dead as deputy chief Ahmed Farooq and Qari Imran, in charge of the group’s Afghan affairs.

Mahmood says a Jan. 5 drone strike in North Waziristan killed Imran, while a later drone strike killed Farooq.”

Research shows that drones are counterproductive with some counter -terrorist experts now recognizing and writing on this fact. Drones incite retaliation violence and radicalize youth as was shown in a recent video of a militant camp in Pakistan where family members of drone victims were being trained to take revenge.

Anti-drone campaigners have repeatedly asked why drones that cross into national airspace are not downed by Pakistan that boasts of the competence of its Armed Forces. Pakistan is said to have the capabilities to take down a drone but appears not to have the motivation despite loud protestations of annoyance when it suits. Hypocrisy reigns supreme.


Champion chimp shows who’s boss

They government and Armed Forces could perhaps take a lesson from a chimpanzee that was not prepared to have his/her airspace violated. The chimp at Royal Burgers Zoo in the Netherlands asserted superiority over humans showing it was not about to tolerate being spied on. The fearless ape went into attack mode knocking a drone out of the air with a stick and even managed to film the incident. Chimps may be captive in an enclosure but clearly they are more liberated than their human counterparts see following video link,

As the Telegraph reported,

“having little care for such superfluous technology, the chimp prepared to ambush the drone mid-flight.

As the drone passed by one of the trees the chimp came into view armed with a branch, with which it expertly smacked the drone out of the air.”

The drone was destroyed after footage was taken.

Perhaps Pakistan military could benefit from using this demonstration of strength and determination as a training video. The chimp was not afraid to tackle his/her masters and show who was boss whereas Pakistani military minds on the other hand appear enslaved by those who hold them captive with US dollars.

Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad . She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

Islamic State in Khorasan Province releases video vowing revenge for drone killing of Sheikh Khadim

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Still from new Islamic State in “Khorasan Province” video

(First published on Radical Sister blog March 20th 2015)

Earlier this week the Islamic State in Khorasan Province sent a video to selected journalists confirming the death by drone of Mullah Abdul Rauf Khadim, (Abu Talha al Khorasani) deputy in command allegedly representing IS in Afghanistan, Pakistan region.

Islamic State have been working to gain a foothold in AfPak and gained some support from ex- Taliban commanders. Earlier this year, a former Tehreek-e-Taliban TTP spokesperson, previously known as “Shahidullah Shahid” appeared in a 16 minute video from Khorasan Media released January 2015 which shows a group of fighters pledging bayah (spiritual allegiance) to Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Qureshi al Hussaini, Islamic State (IS) see,

“Are IS gaining a foothold in AfPak, new video release shows some allegiance in the region.”


Shahidullah and ther former Taliban give bayah to al Baghdadi (leader of Islamic State)

Shahidullah parted ways with Pakistan Taliban last year during a period of internal disputes and divisions within the Taliban. Since then Taliban have sorted out some of their difference and announced a Coalition consisting of 3 Jihadi groups, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaat ul Ahrar, Tehreek-e-Lashkar-e-Islam and Tehreek-e-Taliban under the name Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. The decision was taken by the leaders of all the three jihadi groups, Maulana Fazlullah Khorasani, Omar Khalid Khorasani and Haji Mangal Bagh in a joint consultative meeting.

This latest Islamic State video entitled, “Sheikh Khadim is Gone and Revenge is Coming,”features a presentation from former TTP commander Hafez Saeed Khan. During his speech, he threatens revenge for Khadim’s death giving a clear message to disbelievers that they will be taught “a lesson that they will not forget.”


Mullah Abdul Rauf Khadim killed in drone strike

Former Taliban commander Mullah Abdul Rauf Khadim was reported killed in a US drone strike in northern Helmand, Afghanistan when the car he was travelling in was targeted and 6 persons killed. Rauf was a former Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detainee in charge of a Taliban unit before the U.S. invaded Afghanistan in 2001. He spent 6 years in Guantanamo. Rauf recently parted company with the Afghan Taliban taking up with Islamic State to become deputy leader of IS in the region. Hafez Saeed Khan of Orakzai, former Emir of TTP in Oraksai became the new head of the Wilayat Khorasan (Afghanistan/Pakistan Province) of IS.

Al Arabiya has since reported that Khadim’s successor, Hafiz Wahidi was said to have been “killed in an airstrike along with nine others in the Sangin district of Helmand province late on Sunday, according to a defense ministry statement.”


“From TTP to IS: Pakistan’s terror landscape evolves”

Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad.  She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

Drone strike kills Taliban commander Khawrey Tasweer and 2 militants in Khurram AfPak border region

Khawray Tasweer 01


(First published on Radical Sister March 20th 2015)

Khawrey Tasweer

Tehreek -e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesperson Muhammad Khorasani sent a press release on Thursday to a list of journalists informing them of the targeted drone killing of senior militant commander Khawrey Mehsud who had been a close aide to former TTP Emir Hakimullah Mehsud.

Hakimullah was killed in a drone strike back in November 2013 which Pakistan Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan claimed to US was “the death of all peace efforts”. BBC reported him as saying that as the United States was “scuttling” efforts to begin peace talks, “every aspect” of Pakistan’s co-operation with Washington would be reviewed. Despite complaints to the US to cease drone strikes the Pakistan government is either incompetent or unwilling to take action to stop drone attacks which have killed many civilians as well as militants.

Khawrey Mehsud died alongside two other militants in the border region of Khurram Agency near to the Afghanistan-Pakistan border on March 18th. He was also known to have had close ties to Baitullah Mehsud one of the founders of TTP who was another militant leader eliminated in a US drone strike in 2009. Khorasani described Khawrey who hailed from South Waziristan as having been given great combat skills by Allah and a bodyguard that was “intelligent, capable and brave”. The commander had fought in Afghanistan’s Paktika, Kunar and Khost regions and was involved in the TTP war in Bajaur, Mohmand, Khyber, Darra Adam Khel, Orakzai, Kurram and Waziristan.

Below are a video and photos released of those killed,

Khawray Shaheed Taruf

Khawrey Shaheed Taruf

Khawray Tasweer 02

Khawrey Tasweer

Talwar Shaheed

Talwar Shaheed

Umar Shaheed

Umar Shaheed

Umar Shaheed 02

Umar Shaheed

Khawray Tasweer 03

Khawray Tasweer

Carol AnneGrayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad . She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

Mullah Abdul Rauf reported killed in US “terrorism” attack as a drone strike hits car of 6


(First published on Radical Sister blog February 9th 2015)

Former Taliban commander Mullah Abdul Rauf is reported killed in a US drone strike in northern Helmand, Afghanistan when the car he was travelling in was targeted and 6 persons killed.

Rauf was a former Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detainee in charge of a Taliban unit before the U.S. invaded Afghanistan in 2001. He spent 6 years in Guantanamo. Rauf recently parted company with the Afghan Taliban taking up with Islamic State to become deputy leader of IS in the region. Hafez Saeed Khan of Orakzai, former Emir of TTP in Oraksai is alleged to be the new head of the Wilayat Khorasan (Afghanistan/Pakistan Province) of IS.

DAWN media has just reported today that the war against the Islamic State militants had pushed Afghanistan out of the US priority list and that this was “evident when NATO ministers met in Brussels to discuss their strategy for 2015. And for the first time in 13 years, Afghanistan was not on their agenda.” There is a certain irony to this position as IS are gaining more followers in AfPak as was evident in a video released last month, when a number of Taliban commanders defected and gave “bayah” (allegiance) see following link,

“Are IS gaining a foothold in AfPak?”

With the news of Rauf’s death will we see an IS retaliation attack on US and allies assets in Afghanistan in the coming days?

With regard to the ongoing problem of drones, Islamic Emirate (Afghan Taliban) wrote their own article on the impact of US “terrorism” over Afghanistan back in November 2014 stating,

“US Drones are killing children, terrorizing families in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Somalia etc. Such terror is brought by America in these countries dominated by Muslim population in which entire regions are being terrorized by the constant threat of death from the skies. Their way of life is collapsing: kids are too terrified to go to school, adults are afraid to attend weddings, funerals, business meetings or anything that involves gathering in groups.

An anonymous ex-military officer of the United States has recently said that ‘if there’s one guy we’re trying to hit and there is thirty-four other people in the building, thirty-five people are going to die that day’. Even the United Nation’s and its Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions is concerned that the United States’ drone campaign is terrorism.”

Full article can be read on following link,


See also “The Gitmo Files: 2 of Afghanistan’s most wanted hid leadership roles while in US custody” (Long War Journal)

Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad.  She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

Al Qaeda release statement confirming death of key militant and 3 “mujahid” brothers


Harith bin Ghazi al Nithari, loss of a key figure in Al Qaeda

(Al-Malahem Media)

(First published on Radical Sister February 5th 2015)

Al Qaeda has confirmed today the death of a key militant leader Harith bin Ghazi al Nithari targeted in a U.S. drone strike on Shabwa, southern Yemen, January 31st 2015. Photos were tweeted to me soon after the attack but the identity of passengers in the vehicle struck were not public at that time. “AQAP named the three others persons killed as Sa’id Awadh ba Faraj, Abd as Sami’I Nasir al Hada’a and Azzam al Hadhrami. Yemen Times stated “tribal sources had said four suspected militants were left charred in their car.”

Al-Nithari recently praised the attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine in Paris carried out by brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi of Algerian heritage who shot dead several members of staff. The publication was said by many to have insulted the Prophet Muhammad PBUH though others claimed it was “free speech”. Al-Nithari then presented a speech entitled “The faces have been brightened” regarding what he termed as “The blessed Raid in Paris.” In the translation, he is referred to as Sheikh Harith Al- Nithari and gave this warning to France,

“Oh people of France, it is better for you that you cease your aggression against the Muslims, perhaps you may then live in safety. But if you refuse except to be at war, then take glad tidings, for By Allah you will never have the pleasure of safety for as long as you wage war against Allah and His Messenger and continue fighting the Believers. ‘Say to those who have disbelieved, if they cease (from disbelief), there past will be forgiven. But if they return (thereto), then the examples of those (punished) before them have already preceded (as a warning).

And All Praise is for Allah, Lord of the Worlds.”

Full speech can be seen on the following link


Burning car which was targeted by US drone strike, Yemen (Twitter contact)

Press Statement

Al Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula

Statement Number: 90

Date: 16 Rabi’i Akhr 1437 H


“Statement Regarding the American Crusader Strike in Yemen on 11 Rabi’i 1437 H”

Praise be to Allah who said: “And how many a prophet [fought and] with him fought many religious scholars. But they never lost assurance due to what afflicted them in the cause of Allah , nor did they weaken or submit. And Allah loves the steadfast.” (146) And their words were not but that they said, “Our Lord, forgive us our sins and the excess [committed] in our affairs and plant firmly our feet and give us victory over the disbelieving people.” (147) So Allah gave them the reward of this world and the good reward of the Hereafter. And Allah loves the doers of good.” (148) al Imran.


The grindstone of war continues going around between the Crusader America carrying the banner of war on Islam in this time and between the Muslims in different land regions. War is lined with the sons of Islam epic battle after epic battle; sparing for the sake of Allah the precious and dear from the same and people and the money compliant with the order of Allah the exalted in His Book “And fight them until there is no fitnah and [until] the religion, all of it, is for Allah . And if they cease – then indeed, Allah is Seeing of what they do.” (al Anfal 39).

And the Yemeni of Faith and Wisdom mujahidin were fortunate in participating in that heroic war defending the Muslims; you witnessed in that their raids in Aden and New York and Khurasan and Iraq and al Sham and so forth. And in the evening of Saturday 11 of Rabi’I Akhir of the current year 1437 H, corresponding to 31 January 2015 M; Yemen was on an appointment of a new sacrifice for a group of the sons of Islam who obtained martyrdom in an American Crusader plane strike on a car they were riding in in the region of as Sa’id in Shabwah province in Southern Yemen.

And in this place we congratulate the Islamic Ummah with the martyrdom of four of their righteous mujahidin sons and they are:

  1. The Mujahid Sheikh of the World and member of the AQAP Shar’iah Committee Harith bin Ghazi al Nithari –

Known as Muhammad al Mushidi

  1. The Mujahid brother Sa’id Awadh ba Faraj
  2. The Mujahid brother Abd as Sami’I Nasir al Hada’a
  3. The Mujahid brother Azzam al Hadhrami

Allah have mercy on them all and accept them among the martyrs, Allahuma Ameen.

And verily the events and discourse about obtaining martyrdom and they will not really die, and their homes and power will not come down. How is that and they have left the world and its vanities and they were victorious in their religion and their Ummah compliant with the order of Allah the exalted in jihad for His sake (azz wa jall).

And the Sheikh Harith al Nithari left Allah permitting, a martyr to his Lord after a life of seeking Shari’ah knowledge and spreading it and teaching it to Muslims, and the Sheikh, may Allah have mercy on him, was not burdened by that and gave himself and his wealth to the jihad for the sake of Allah; fighting His enemies; the teacher and guide and its wave for the mujahidin in the trenches of the Arabian Peninsula and so forth. Walking in the footsteps of the people of knowledge and jihad old and new from examples like al Imam Abdallah bin al Mubarak, and Sheikh al Islam Ahmad bin Taymiya, and al Imam Abdallah al Azzam, and Sheikh Anwar al Aulaqi, and Sheikh Adil al Abab, may Allah have mercy on all their souls.



The following is a video, English translation of the “Sanctity of the unlawful blood” (January, 2015) where Harith bin Ghazi al Nithari – can be heard speaking,


Adam Baron (Sanaa-based reporter for the Economist, CSM, McClatchy) sent out the following tweets,

“I’d say the death of Harith al-Nathari is AQAP’s biggest loss since that of Said al-Shihri; key ideologue and rather eloquent spokesperson”

“Harith al-Nathari issued a great degree of criticism of ISIS–interesting to see response to his death in greater jihadosphere”

“Yemeni official: Harith al-Nathari was the target of the January 31st strike in Shabwa. He initially survived but died of his wounds”

“Aside from robbing it of an eloquent spox, al-Nathari’s death unlikely to have big effect on AQAP–conditions still ripe for AQAP’s growth”

Iona Craig, independent journalist in Yemen tweeted,

“AQAP statement on Nadhari death: drone ‘strikes came after the Houthis took control under American supervision and international conspiracy’”

According to The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (30th Jan, 2015) the first drone strike in Yemen was on November 3rd, 2002 but the next confirmed attack did not occur until 5th May 2011. (This does not include strikes after that date). TBIJ state that, “at least 424 people, including eight children, have now been killed in such missions since the start of operations in 2002″ link for more information below,

“Analysis: What next for Yemen as death toll for confirmed US drone strike hits 424

Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad. She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

Should alleged “terrorist” in Colorado Springs be targeted for US drone strike?



Colorado Springs (image Destination Denver)

On 6th January 2015 Reuters reported that a “homemade bomb exploded outside the offices of the Colorado Springs chapter of the NAACP civil rights group on Tuesday”. Fortunately, Amy Sanders, a spokeswoman for the FBI in Denver informed the media that although a gasoline can had been placed near the device it failed to ignite so no one was hurt and there was only minor damage to nearby buildings.

So could this incident be described as an attempted terrorist attack? Was there any indication as to who had carried out this act of aggression?

The Los Angeles Times stated that,

“FBI Denver and the Colorado Springs Police Department are on the scene. A man aged about 40 is a person of interest in the investigation. He may be driving a 2000 or older-model dirty white pick-up truck with paneling, a dark-colored bed liner, an open tailgate and a missing or covered license plate.”

So what might have happened had this incident taken place in Pakistan or Yemen? It would probably have triggered an alert, been picked up by US intelligence agencies, labelled as a likely “terrorist attack” made into a file or added to existing files on other such incidents.

In addition, something else might have come into place, intelligence could have led to adding the “suspected” person, an “alleged insurgent” to a drone target list at some point. Keeping in mind that a person does not have to be charged or tried in court and found guilty to be on the receiving end of a drone missile… only “suspected”.

If this is such a good and accurate system, one has to surely question why it is NEVER used on US home soil. What about this person of interest, “suspected terrorist” as described by the FBI and police… if this was Pakistan and there was an established lead wouldn’t this man and whoever was in his truck be under surveillance by a drone operator by now with a view to a future missile strike?

What would happen if it was decided action should be taken? This vehicle could be targeted on a highway in Colorado Springs. Imagine this scenario, the suspected person, the driver is giving a neighbour a lift to her place of work. Just as the drone missile is launched two children that had been been playing in a nearby field run through a gate by the side of the road just as the vehicle passes. One man (the target), a woman and one of the children are incinerated, blown apart whilst the other child is decapitated. Scenarios like this are common place in other parts of the world.

Surely if drone strikes are good enough for “alleged insurgents” and locals on Pakistan and Yemen soil… they are good enough for a “suspected terrorist” and the US citizens of Colorado Springs?


“Bomb explodes outside NAACP building in Colorado Springs”


Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/WOT/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad.  She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

Peshawar Review: Bombing, droning civilians, torture, extra judicial killings major factors leading to army school massacre


Nadeem Hussain Bangash, Ibrar Hussain and Imran Ali —killed during attack on Army Public School and College Peshawar (photo Iftikhar Danish)

(First published on Radical Sister December 23rd 2014)

The ferocious attack on Peshawar Army Public School and College on the 16th December 2014 by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) who killed over 140 schoolchildren and adults with 122 injured is condemned by many in the strongest terms. The choice of what is termed a “soft target” hit the youth and future of the city, putting fear into the hearts of youngsters and parents not only locally but in a much wider ripple effect throughout Pakistan and around the world. Details of the attack can be read on the following link,

“Pakistan mourns after Peshawar school massacre”

This was a carefully calculated assault intended to inflict maximum damage on families perceived to be connected to the military though other non -army families were caught up in the horror too. The older boys selected for assassination was chillingly reminiscent of the guidance given by President Obama on which males could be targeted for a US drone strike.

Islamic Emirate (Afghan Taliban) Al Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) and Tehreek-e-Taliban Jamaat -ul-Ahrar (TTP JA) all moved to condemn the killing of civilians, especially children. AQIS spokesperson Osama Mehmood stated “our hearts are bursting with pain and grief over this incident” whilst the Islamic Emirate pointed out that, “the intentional killing of innocent people, women and children goes against the principles of Islam and every Islamic government and movement must adhere to this fundamental essence.”


The men who planned, participated in the attack (photo TTP) 

TTP released a statement after the attack in which all participating men were killed and a video accepting responsibility stating the following,

“yesterday morning the TTP’s special unit MSG (Mujahideen Special Group)
successfully entered to a School under the management of Pakistan Army located
in a high security zone of Peshawar, and killed the army officers and the young boys inside the School who were determined to be part of the Army and their operations in the country and tribal areas.

 The attack was under the supervision of the operational commander of TTP and
Ameer (Commander) of Peshawar and Dara Adam Khail, Khalifa Umar Mansoor,
he was in contact and giving instructions to the Fidayeen during the attack.”

The immediate feeling in the aftermath of the attack is one of revenge with multiple demonstrations from the public and a knee jerk reaction from the Nawaz Sharif government to execute up to 500 prisoners in coming days. However this is also a distraction away from what is a most astonishing security lapse of government, military and security services who ignored the very clear warnings given by Taliban groups in the days BEFORE the attack. This was a catastrophic failure in terms of prevention and now what we have for the most part is a misguided reaction to target those not involved in the Peshawar massacre through hanging.

There is a big difference between justifying an attack and attempting to analyse where issues were missed and the motivating factors in order to try to prevent future incidents. This is being side-lined to protect individuals within key institutions and therefore the predominant narrative is that, if you dare to question, you must be labelled a “traitor”. Some of the biggest alleged traitors however are those who committed acts that very likely provided the “tipping point” for the TTP in recent weeks. It is ESSENTIAL to examine the lead up to recent events and try to determine where security lapses took place and what warnings could have been gleaned from militant statements.

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Victims of bombings in North Waziristan (photo of girl 7, Dr Noor Wazir)

As expected TTP make reference in their press release on the Peshawar assault to military operations Operation Rah-e-Rast, Rah-e-Nijaat, Sherdil, Zarb-e-Azb, Khyber 1 and operations against the army from insurgents are daily and anticipated. The assault on children was not generally considered. Attempting to maintain the moral highground, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan claimed on Sunday that, “the Pakistan Army has never targeted the families and children of militants” and that they “do not target non-combatants.” However any respected local journalist that has managed to slip into bombed out areas of North Waziristan will tell you otherwise and produce the evidence quietly through photos and video clips. The international media and human rights organizations are kept away from the affected area and any that do manage to gain access do so under carefully stage managed supervision from the military.

This has the effect of dulling public reaction… what you can’t see often doesn’t upset you. In the case of the Public Army School these children were not living in rural areas or likely to be from poor families in North Waziristan and no detail was spared updating news followers all over the world with graphic minute by minute updates of their suffering. Even with bombings there is a 2 tier system of reporting in operation and only a few in Pakistan and hardly anyone outside would have heard of the intense bombardment that took place hitting civilians in the tribal areas in December last year or the family that lost 27 members in May of this year.

In a press release from 23rd December 2013 Pakistan Tehreek -i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan referred to bombing in Waziristan where women and children were killed, he said,

“if the military had intended to respond with an attack it should have cleared the area of women and children at least before they bombed Mir Ali through helicopter gunships and artillery. Already civilians, especially women and children, have been innocent victims of drone attacks and now military action is causing more suffering on these innocent victims of a war they are not responsible for. We cannot regard our women and children of FATA with the callousness and unconcern that is presently being displayed towards them by the state of which they are citizens.”

He went on to conclude and accurately predict that,

“military operations in one’s own country do not resolve problems; instead they exacerbate them and the same will happen if a military operation is launched in NWA. Already there are reports of people fleeing the area and civilians being killed. With no civilian control or responsibility the country will be further destabilised, divided and weakened which is what our detractors are seeking. Our history should teach us the human and political costs to the nation of military operations” 


US drone missile severely injured Nabila (9) and brother Zubair (13) and killed their grandmother 67-year-old Momina Bibi.

With regard to US drone strikes on Pakistan, The Bureau of Investigative Journalismreported the following statistics.

405 CIA drone strikes on Pakistan, from 2004 to present

2,400-3,888 people reported killed in drone strikes in Pakistan

700 (only) have been named so far but nearly half – 323 – of the people identified are reported to be civilians, including 99 children.

Many Pakistanis have cheered for military operations despite the fact that hundreds of thousands of civilians have been displaced, expected to sacrifice all for their country. Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are suffering badly and anger has exploded at recent demonstrations. Few cared about US drone strikes hitting the Federally Administered Tribal Areas over the last decade. Many argued that killing children was justified, written off as “collateral damage”. This demonstrated double standards again because there have been recent calls for a “no drone zone” over Karachi to prevent small drones being used as bombs so the children of this city would be protected. The life of those in urban areas is valued far higher than rural Pashtuns.

An advocate at Lahore high court bar association Mian Arshid Farooq had no problem with drone strikes, he told me, “the killings of innocent people in their area are unintentional or if you like to say ‘collateral damage” but what they (insurgents) are doing is quite intentional. You cant place them side by side. There is no apology onward.”

Consider this, when did you ever see the US use drones against their own, home grown terrorists on American soil. There would be an outcry if the children of New Jersey were incinerated and decapitated like those in Waziristan. Americans, like those in urban Karachi also protect their children.

What has been another very noticeable issue of late for Taliban groups has been the increasing number of “enforced disappearances” and the torture, killing and dumping of young men in detention. Farooq had no problem with this either, referring to the legal system he said, “state coercion is a subject concerned for rights of civilians, not pathetic terrorists. There is no universal one tier system in all the world.” Certainly not in Pakistan.

Torture has become institutionalized and “normal” towards alleged insurgents and many others who dare to criticize the state whilst those attached to state authorities carrying out criminal acts often go free. The consequences of torture and extra- judicial killings have been catastrophic leading up to the massacre at Peshawar. That is very clear to see.


Human Rights Commission of Pakistan activists held a protest demonstration in Hyderabad on Thursday to mark UN’s International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. PHOTO: ONLINE

It is shocking to see large numbers of Pakistanis justifying and indeed celebrating torture, time after time despite this being against the law. In her article, The Poisoned Orchard of Torture, Professor Danielle Celermajer (University of Sydney) argues that “torture does not occur because of depraved people, but because of pathological situations – or as one social scientist put it, poisoned orchards not bad apples.” The poisoned orchards of Pakistan have been bearing fruit at an alarming rate. Celermajer highlights the correlation between certain beliefs and resulting behaviours towards those in detention stating,

“beliefs such as; “they don’t have feelings like we do,” and “they are not open to reason so you have to beat them” legitimate and normalise torturing people who have become less than human.

It’s worth connecting the dots between the dehumanisation we saw in the “war on terror” and the more banal but pervasive dehumanisation that takes place in the US every day.”

The same can be said of Pakistan and every person that carried out or supported torture and the breaking of the law has contributed to the killing of the children of Peshawar and might as well have pulled the trigger themselves.

As the bodies piled up in recent weeks in places like Kohat Detention Centre, so the anger grew from Taliban groups TTP and TTP JA who gave warning after warning to stop these unlawful actions. Why did no -one take notice and work within the law. Many civilians (even a well known Amnesty International advocate for Pakistan) argued it didn’t matter when I raised this issue as he argued that Taliban don’t have any rights. However with this attitude, those that torture prisoners turn into the very people they are opposing … and in the end its hard to distinguish one from another… then we have state terrorists versus terrorist groups, both using similar tactics.

Using the American example of dehumanization, Celermajer stated,

“dehumanisation of African American men has reached a point where police shootings have been so normalised that a council of peers do not even feel it necessary to call police to legal account.

Extreme, violent and ideological war creates the exact conditions under which the meaning of torture is easily recast. Torturers did not see what they were doing as violating the most basic human dignity or acting with unspeakable cruelty.”

This can be seen throughout Pakistani society. For very action there is a reaction. Taliban splinter group, TTP JA spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan (who condemned the Peshawar attack) relayed frequent warnings to both police and army regarding retaliation, this one from 21st November 2014 reads,

“the Pakistan Army has continued its previous evil tradition of executing the prisoners from their jails and we shall not remain silent over the extra- judicial killing of our companions, InshaAllah. We also have many soldiers in our prisons and Pakistan Army should not force us to treat those prisoners as we treated 23 FC personnel a few months ago.”

Twenty-three Frontier Corps men were killed by Taliban after the government refused to listen to their demand to stop torturing in custody and dumping bodies. Taliban waited three weeks for a response to a letter on the subject but no reply was forthcoming. Clearly no lessons were learnt that from that incident which can be read here,

“Pakistan: Warning letter on human rights abuses in custody was ignored, Taliban kill 23 FC men in retaliation.”


Amina Masood Janju hold press conference on deaths in detention

On August 28th 2014, DAWN media reported that Chairperson Defence of Human Rights (DHR) Amina Masood Janjua held a press conference in Islamabad alleging that 91 missing persons had been killed in the detentions centres across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) many of these were young men. Families are often to afraid to file reports against those they accuse of being involved in the killings. They inform human rights activists that there are signs of torture on the bodies when they go to collect them. In one such case, theNews on Sunday quoted Noor Mohammad, the father of detainee Minar Khan who died in detention, who stated,

“I received a phone call from Kohat informing me about the death of my 22-year-old son. I went there along with some relatives and received the body,”…. 

“The officials told me that my son had died a natural death when both his legs were blackened. We suspect poisoning or electric shocks”

From article “Kohat, A Living Hell”

The News on Sunday reported that Khan had been taken into custody by members of a Qaumi Lashkar, established by the security forces to fight militants, two-and-a-half years previously and was subsequently handed over to the security forces, dubbing him a militant.

TTP Commander Khalifa Umar Mansoor referred to the killing and dumping of bodies in his statement when he wrote,

“Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan warned the government and security agencies many
times to stop their cruel action, the negotiations (referring to peace talks) were also failed only on the issue of missing persons’ thrown dead bodies.”

Pakistan government and military refer to the attack on Karachi airport by militants as being the turning point which led to military operations, Zarb -e-Asb. However there is compelling information in a report which alleges a serious of state supported assassinations against insurgents DURING the peace talks BEFORE Karachi incident after an alleged shooter was captured and confessed to his role. He gave details of targets, where he was trained and who had paid him. See link,

“Pakistan: Alleged target killer for ISI and Blackwater executed after confessing to assassinations during peace talks”

Unfortunately it would appear that many of the public are either naive or with ostrich syndrome, their heads buried in the sand. In their anger following Peshawar attack, they rushed to Lal Masjid (the scene of a military assault in 2007 against those viewed as radicalized) to take up protests there against the clerics and scholars. In the Peshawar case, time would have perhaps been better spent supporting Amina Masood Janjua (DHR) in her many protests against killing and torture in detention, a significant factor leading up to the attack on the Army Public School. If the public had done so before, instead of applauding torture, the attack may have been prevented.

The candle-lit ceremonies (which looked more like the Catholic Church than Islam) have provided a focus for public grief but how many of those attending challenged the unlawful behaviour of those in authority before 16th December 2014 which some are now referring to as “Pakistan’s 9/11.” There is a rush to judge and moralize against anyone that dares raise the issue of causation. Exploring why violent incidents occur is a very important part of learning and prevention for the future.

The government has now embarked on a reactionary “hanging frenzy” which will only incite more anger and retaliation. If they were truly wanting to tackle extremism and terrorism they could start by disengaging from the US and its War Of Terror which has led to much of the mayhem, unrest and violence in the first place. Sadly US dollars have always come before the wellbeing of the Pakistan’s children. The “land of the pure” is becoming increasingly grubby.

The question should be asked, why is no one in the prisons and detention centres being held accountable for torture and extra judicial killings that, as stated many times over the years, is a risk to the national security. Two tier systems of law and committing torture all lead to unrest in society. Injustice radicalizes. As Asma Jahangir pointed out in a recent DAWN article, “the powerful walked away free after murder while the vulnerable could easily get death under the weak judicial system.”

The situation has got so bad in Pakistan that there are finally efforts to introduce a Bill to prevent torture, custodial deaths and custodial rape. This is being moved by Senator Farhatullah Babar and admitted by the Senate which prescribes stringent punishments for torture.

It defines ‘torture’ as an act intended to inflict physical or mental pain on a person in custody for securing a confessional statement or as a punishment for committing a suspected crime.

Those found guilty of torture would face up to ten years in prison and a fine up to Rs 1 million, or both with the amount of the fine going to the victim. Custodial deaths and custodial rape would be punishable with life imprisonment and a fine of Rs 3 million. If the fine is not recovered, the guilty would have to undergo an additional 5 year imprisonment. The fine amount to be paid to the victims or heirs of the victim.

Another point of division and anger, double standards on the deaths of children in Pakistan are the order of the day. Referring to Peshawar, many times in the last few days, people of Waziristan have voiced the opinion, why did people not grieve in the same way for our children who were droned and bombed in military operations or died of thirst during enforced displacement.

With regard to the use of US drones, the reality is, no amount of drone strikes or jet attacks will eradicate every last militant. Its a ridiculous statement to make when a new generation of those whose fathers have been killed are already being prepared from a small age to fill their shoes. The CIA has now admitted in a recent report that drones may not be so effective as they radicalize people (what human rights campaigners have said all along).

Far from uniting all Pakistanis, the Peshawar attack has widened divisions in society as the double standards and hypocrisy become ever more apparent. The line now being used “you are either with us or with the terrorists” is a naive statement to make. A person can be against violent and extreme behaviour but realize the truth regarding some issues raised. For example it is possible to be horrified at acts of terror but also stand against torture of insurgents in custody.

Soldier, Waqar Ilyas Rao was not in favour of Taliban being tortured. He had this to say,

“talking of my opinion they should not reach torture stage, I think you got my opinion. Oh boy!!! You are talking about legislation and stuff. It should not be a difficult thing to understand. You must know how a Talib is captured? Definitely after a fight, or some intelligence cruise does it sometimes. What I say is ” KEEP NO PRISONERS “

Rao proudly displayed a photo on his Facebook page showing what appeared to be a courtyard full of dead bodies. I asked him about the image and he replied, “its a day after Peshawar incident, 32 sent straight up FOR JUSTICE.”


Taliban killed by military, the day  after Peshawar attack 

Now Pakistan is going into lockdown due to fear of more attacks with alerts issued nationwide. Schools, universities, places of worship, transport hubs, military establishments, prisons, nuclear installations are all at risk. So many opportunities were lost before military operations to address terrorism without resorting to bombardment. The warnings are bleak, hangings are increasing the number of “martyrs” at a fast rate who will embrace death and their power will become stronger than in life. TTP were quick to issue a photo with the following message from one of the first to be subjected to capital punishment after the Peshawar attack,

“salute to your courage Dr Usman and salute to your courage Arshad Mahmood. Happy journey from Pakistan’s worst jail to Allah’s paradise. We will accomplish your mission Inshaa Allah. We will teach a lesson to your enemies especially to army and Sharif’s family that their next generation will remember.”   


In addition to this, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMMU) have issued the following chilling warning as part of their response to the Peshawar assault,

“Oh Nawas and Raheel! Listen carefully to what we say! You’ll harvest what you sow! You have signed to the death certificate of your children by killing the children of Muslims. Yes, your children have been killed by yourselves, not by the mujahids. Murdering two-year-old children, you shouted to the world that you had killed the terrorists. And when the mujahids killed your 15-17 year-old adolescent children, more importantly they had been being brought up as the servants of kufr, do you cry to the world that they were young children?! Do not show us the tears of crocodile! If you do not take lesson from it and continue your atrocities towards Muslims, then you had better gather all your soldiers in the borders and military camps and re-allocate them as the doorkeepers to your schools and kufr institutions where your spouses work. Because our jihad of blood for blood and life for life has entered to the new stage, insha Allah!”

There is a letter doing the rounds on social media dated 28th August 2014 which allegedly warns of a security threat “threat alert 802″ on Public Army School giving details. This was one of a number as anyone monitoring insurgency could follow the very open threats made in public in recent months relating to families of police and army due to their practice of enforced disappearances, alleged torture, extra judicial killings. To address this issue means serious self-evaluation by the security services and examining unlawful activities which is probably why it is so often swept under the carpet.

Today I was told that seven women from the city of Mingawara Nawakalay, Swat have been taken into custody by Pakistan army, they are allegedly the sisters and mothers of missing persons that remain missing. Their names are Shagufta, Shabeena, Haseena, Zainab, Qamar Zameera, Uroosa and Afshaan. It is to be hoped they will be treated according to the law and have not been taken into custody without valid reason.

Pakistan government and military must take some responsibility for unleashing  what now looks like an unstoppable tide of destruction that has surged from the very measures supposed to counter terrorism. Recent terrorist attacks have shown insider support within army, navy and airforce with ever increasing internal radicalization and may have been present in the Peshawar attack. (Let us not forget investigative journalist Saleem Shahzad who was tortured and murdered for highlighting alleged ACTIVE recruitment of insurgent sympathizers into the armed forces.) Although a united Pakistan is the goal of government, there are a significant number now in Balochistan, Sindh and Waziristan waiting to prize open the cracks which may well become wide chasms. The days ahead look very dark indeed!


“Drone blowback: Taliban retaliation attack and military violence against civilians, result carnage”

“Pakistan: North Waziristan impact of military shelling on civilians and property images”

“Pakistan 2014: Enforced disappearances condemned practice threatens security of the state”

Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad.  She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

Pakistan’s hypocrisy: New call to protect Karachi from drones while Tribal Areas are blitzed


What is this were Karachi (and not Waziristan) hit day after day by drone? 

(image Abdul Rehman Dawar)

(First published December 4th 2014 on Radical Sister)

The double standards within Pakistan regarding drones gets worse by the day. Once again the Tribal Areas are hit by drone strikes that just happen to coincide with a visit to the US from Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif. One can only imagine whether dialogue involves a “nod” on who the next drone targets should be?

Still NO meaningful action has been taken to tackle the US on thecontinued use of drones on the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) despite Pakistan officials recently informing the UN that drones are not required since the start of military operation Zarb-e-Asb in June. Indeed back in May, Ambassador Zamir Akram of Pakistan called for a ban on drones at a UN Conference in Geneva. So why has nothing been done in practical terms to stop people from being killed?

Its an entirely different attitude with drones over Karachi. The hypocrisy is beyond belief.Dawn is now reporting that security agencies want action for a complete ban on heli-cams (drone cameras) over Karachi for fear of surveillance operations by undesirables and turning small drones into explosive devices. Heli-cams are largely used by television companies for reporting stories but are now easily available to the public.


What if this drone was carrying a bomb over Karachi?

To quote Sindh police chief Ghulam Qadir Thebo,

“You see, one can’t afford free use of drone cameras in Karachi. Our main concern is that it can be used for any terror or criminal activity. Such a machine can easily be used as an explosive carrier. There are several other issues as well which compromise security arrangements and that’s why we seek a complete ban on it in Karachi”

Firstly, I have no doubt whatsoever that Thebo’s concerns are justified as I warned of personal drones being customized to become weapons of targeted killing on December 2nd 2013 when I wrote the following,

“as technology progresses further and commercial and personal drones become more user friendly, will we see ordinary citizens adapting them in illegal ways, perhaps even using them for personal vendettas. Drones can be operated on land, sea and air, with seemingly endless possibilities for use depending on practicalities and individual imagination.

What about those with a grudge against governments… could insurgents adapt personal drones to carry home made bombs into checkpoints and do away with the “martyrdom operations”… the “suicide bomber”. Time to reflect on the case of Rezwan Ferdaus sentenced to 17 years by a US court for plotting to attack the Pentagon with the aid of an explosive laden model aircraft.

What about security at major events such as the Olympics and World Cup. Could such venues be targeted by personal drones… If a hexicopter can “whizz over” over a prison wall it can surely drop its load over a stadium. Will personal drones be the future of assassination, targeted killing? Governments have had the upper hand on drone technology in recent years but is that about to be challenged? What will governments think of drones then? There is an old saying, “what goes around, comes around” and that day may not be too far off!”


Nabila Rehman (9) whose grandmother was killed when a drone hit her village 

The hypocrisy lays in the fact that the government and security services are willing to allow drones to target alleged insurgents in Waziristan in “not so accurate” so called precision strikes which often kill civilians but want to protect those living in cities. Reprieve, human rights organization recently reported that, “US drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan have killed as many as 1,147 unknown people in failed attempts to kill 41 named individuals.”

The following statistics are just two of the examples quoted to show the inaccuracy of drone strikes,

  • In Pakistan, 24 men were reported as killed or targeted multiple times. Missed strikes on these men killed 874 people, including 142 children.
  • It took the US six attempts to kill Qari Hussain, a Pakistani target. During these attempts, 128 people were killed, including 13 children.

While plans are being floated to safeguard Karachi from threats, I am being told from a reliable source in the region that 3 civilians were allegedly killed in a very recent strike near the border with Pakistan, Afghanistan, “a taxi driver name Saz Gul…another was a guest and another local guy Ajmal too killed.”

Drones are the “Muslim killer” of the US. Those who support their use in Pakistan should ask themselves this, how many non-Muslims can they name that have been killed in a drone strike? How many whites can they name killed by drones? If the US was consistent in its policy to eliminate terrorists, why has the CIA never targeted white Christian alleged terrorists on its own soil. This is a war against Islam!

How can Pakistan claim to be an Islamic state when it kills its own Muslims? Now there are more division by drone… the city dwellers are protected whereas the predominantly Pashtun tribespeople in rural areas come under fire day after day.

Safdar Dawar, President of the Tribal Union of Journalists told Pakistan’s media,

‘If I am walking in the market, I have this fear that maybe the person walking next to me is going to be a target of the drone. If I’m shopping, I’m really careful and scared. If I’m standing on the road and there is a car parked next to me, I never know if that is going to be the target. Maybe they will target the car in front of me or behind me. Even in mosques, if we’re praying, we’re worried that maybe one person who is standing with us praying is wanted. So, wherever we are, we have this fear of drones.’


Sadaullah Khan, a 15-year-old who lost both legs in a drone strike (Reuters)

Drones strikes hitting civilian homes are in fact a form of “collective punishment” and human rights groups referring to similar in Gaza refer to the 1949 Geneva Conventions, collective punishment is a war crime.

Part III. Status and Treatment of Protected Persons

Article 33. No persons may be punished for an offense he or she has not personally committed. Collective penalties and likewise all measures of intimidation or of terrorism are prohibited.
Pillage is prohibited.
Reprisals against persons and their property are prohibited.

Is it any wonder that there are those within Pakistan’s armed services very uncomfortable with drone policy which violate the convention. Following my article that examined concerns regarding Pakistan Air Force alleged co-operation with US drone strikes and how those that wanted to speak out within PAF were being punished, a debate ensued. The following comment was left which is very insightful and the government, military and security services should take note,

“if the idea of using F-16s or Drones on Jhang, Lahore or other terrorist infested areas in Punjab seems repulsive to you. Then for a moment wear that green hat of patriotism, and think about the Pakistani civilians of Waziristan. Yes, there are terrorists hiding amongst them, but that doesn’t mean you flatten their homes from the safety of an F-16 or Drones. You get boots on the ground and make sure that they get the job done with minimum collateral damage. You don’t give them a clean chit just because they are holding guns. The problem with fear induced patriotism is that while it seems normal for those who are not paying the cost for it, it seems out-rightly ridiculous to those, who are bearing the brunt of its consequences. It is really difficult to chant Pakistan Zindabad when the state that housed their strategic assets in your homes, is now simply destroying your homes because it says it wants to get rid of those very strategic assets. And you are not even sure whether it means the latter either”

“If you shut up truth and bury it under the ground, it will but grow, and gather to itself such explosive power that the day it bursts through it will blow up everything in its way.”~~Emile Zola

There is more and more growing concern regarding the double standards for protecting civilians depending on location in Pakistan. In addition to the anticipated retaliation from insurgents, there are more and more protests from angry Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who see all they were forced to leave behind being destroyed by drone and jet.

Why are civilians in Waziristan not afforded the same protection as those in Karachi which also suffers from terrorist attacks? Why is it only tribal people that are expected to make sacrifices for a country that has allowed them to be droned by the US for a decade? It is precisely because those living in Karachi don’t want to be spied upon or incinerated in a drone strike and homes destroyed that there are moves to ban heli-cams and personalized drones which could be turned into bombs.

It will perhaps take a customized drone hitting an urban target to wake people up to the suffering of those who live under the daily threat, where children fear to look at the sky. It is not a case of “if” but “when” this will happen.

The unrest within the Armed Services on drones is perhaps the most dangerous. There have been a number of insider attacks in alleged collaboration with insurgents at Mehran Naval Airbase and more recently Karachi Naval Dockyard. When those trained to serve their country start fighting against their employers and their policies you have a major security problem that will become very difficult to quell.


“Drones: I predict personal drones will be used for targeted killing, what goes around comes around”

Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad . She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.