The Number of People Killed in Covert Drone Strikes is Down 50 Percent

As another year comes to a close, another batch of sobering numbers about the United States' semi-secret drone war is in. They're actually not as bad as they used to be. » 12/31/13 3:00pm 12/31/13 3:00pm

What Happens When Natural Disasters Instantly Change Our Maps?

Pakistan's devastating earthquake this week killed hundreds, with a death toll that's certain to rise. While the country recovers, the world has become fascinated by a geographic side-effect of the disaster: the quake was so powerful that it created a new island in the Arabian Sea. And as of Wednesday morning, people… » 9/26/13 11:40am 9/26/13 11:40am

Kerry Says We'll Stop Drone Strikes When We've Killed All the Terrorists

Secretary of State John Kerry ran his mouth on Pakistani TV Thursday, vowing problematically that drone strikes "will end as we have eliminated most of the threat and will continue to eliminate it." That's like saying you'll stop drinking as soon as you're out of booze. » 8/01/13 2:01pm 8/01/13 2:01pm

Pakistani Folk Art and US Drones Collide in These Ornate Paintings

Pakistani-American artist Mahwish Chishty was originally trained in painting miniatures in her native Lahore. But these days, Chishty is also emerging as a notable conceptual artist abroad, treading the potent line between Pakistani and American culture. Yesterday, in an interview with Mother Jones, Chishty discussed… » 6/25/13 5:20pm 6/25/13 5:20pm

Seized Memory Card Contained al Qaeda Documents Encoded in Porn

Last year, Maqsood Lodin was being interviewed by police after he'd travelled to Pakistan. When his questioners found a memory card in his underwear, they were suspicious—but it seemed only to contain porn. Later investigation, however, reveals that one film was actually encoded with more than 100 secret al Qaeda… » 5/01/12 6:13am 5/01/12 6:13am

These Are All the US Drone Bases In Pakistan

Using information from the Bureau for Investigative Journalism, the people at Public Intelligence have created a Google Map showing all the United States drone bases in Pakistan, some of which are vital for the support of US military forces in the area. » 2/20/12 5:00pm 2/20/12 5:00pm


Pakistan Plans to Demolish Bin Laden's Compound—With RPG's

Osama Bin Laden may have gone out with a whimper but his secret lair in Abbottabad will soon be going out with a bang. A rocket-propelled bang, that is. » 1/11/12 9:50pm 1/11/12 9:50pm

Here's Every Single Word You're Not Allowed to Text in Pakistan

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority doesn't want Pakistanis to be able to text the following words to each other, in fear that they will become rapists and murderers, or something. So it banned them. Here are those words. » 11/21/11 8:58am 11/21/11 8:58am

You Want to Stop Me Cussing in Text Messages? F*** That

Some of us like a good cuss every now and then. Others like to send dirty messages to our, err, loved ones. But in Pakistan, that's soon to stop, as the country is banning rude text messages. » 11/18/11 5:30am 11/18/11 5:30am

Mankind Has Created 128,000 Nukes—But 2% Are a Mystery

A new report on nuclear proliferation is—surprise!—kind of terrifying, revealing some disconcerting facts about nuclear warheads, who has them, and what we don't know. The bottom line: holy hell, we've built a lot of these things. » 11/08/11 1:00pm 11/08/11 1:00pm

Last Surviving Sikh Ninja Master Is Looking for a Disciple

Nidar Singh is the last known master of shastar vidya, a form of Sikh martial arts that involves lots of spinning blades flying around at the same time. It's seriously impressive—and seriously endangered, unless Singh gets help. » 10/31/11 11:00am 10/31/11 11:00am

What Is This?

Is it a still from Transformers 4: Megan Fox Returns? Maybe an artist's interpretation of the world splitting apart? Or HOLY CRAP is the world really splitting apart?! Sort of but not quite. » 9/06/11 10:00pm 9/06/11 10:00pm

Nobody Has Any Idea What the Hell This Mysterious Crashed Drone Is

An (allegedly) American drone just crashed in Pakistan. That's not altogether surprising—we fly drones over them all the time to hunt militants. But this one's different. It's tiny. And, uh, it's shaped like a bird. What is it? » 8/29/11 5:00pm 8/29/11 5:00pm

Pakistan Handing Over Lost Stealth Helicopter Tail from Osama Raid

The mission to kill Osama bin Laden went almost perfectly, in that we killed Osama bin Laden. One hitch—we had to blow apart an extremely expensive (and extremely secret) stealth helicopter. And we left a big piece behind. » 5/16/11 4:38pm 5/16/11 4:38pm

It Took One Tapped Phone Call to Lead Osama's Courier to Him

Bin Laden was hiding out in a million-dollar compound with all the security in the world, but ultimately when his house-mate/courier Sheikh Abu Ahmed picked up the phone, the US military knew they had their man. » 5/03/11 3:50am 5/03/11 3:50am

Here's the Latest on the Osama bin Laden Kill Mission

News updates have been flowing steadily since last night's surprise announcement that the U.S. military killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. Here are the latest news blips from this afternoon: » 5/02/11 5:05pm 5/02/11 5:05pm

Inside Osama's "Kill Site"

It's grainy and looks like it might have been shot on a cell phone, but ABC's got their hands on video from inside the house where Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden. It's about what you'd expect, destroyed and blood-soaked. » 5/02/11 9:40am 5/02/11 9:40am

How Osama bin Laden Was Found

In this age of GPS signals, Foursquare check-ins, and iPhone tracking, how did America's most-wanted man, Osama bin Laden, stay hidden for almost a decade? A better question would ask how he was found, for that is the reason the world is rejoicing today. » 5/02/11 5:00am 5/02/11 5:00am