Interview: Max Abrahms

Max Abrahms is an expert on asymmetric warfare. He specializes in studying the dynamics and motivations of militant organizations and individuals that engage in terrorism. In “Leadership Matters: The Effects of Targeted Killings on Militant Groups Tactics,” a forthcoming paper in Terrorism and Political Violence, Abrahms and co-author Jochen Mierau …

Drone Strikes in Pakistan Last Week

By Dan Gettinger and Arthur Holland Michel Between October 5 and October 11, the United States launched eight reported drone strikes in Pakistan. The strikes took place in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA); four in the Shawal Valley that borders the regions of North and South Waziristan, three in …

White House Debating American Target

By Dan Gettinger On February 10, the Associated Press reported that the Obama administration is considering targeting an American citizen with a drone. According to unnamed government sources, the target, whose identity remains a mystery, is a member of al-Qaeda and is “actively planning attacks against Americans overseas.” In a …

ScanEagle: A Small Drone Making a Big Impact

By Dan Gettinger, @GettDan On December 26, 2013, the day after bombs killed 37 people in Baghdad, the New York Times reported that the United States was secretly selling drones and missiles to the Iraqi government in order to aid the fight against a resurgent al Qaeda. By all accounts, the …

Weekly Roundup 12/9

If you would like to receive the Roundup in your inbox, please subscribe at the bottom of the page. At the Center for the Study of the Drone Alice Ross leads the Covert Drone War project at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, which researches and compiles civilian casualty statistics from …