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September 2nd, 2013
04:39 PM ET

Arab League supports action in Syria

The U.S. Congress isn't yet sold on Syria strikes, but the League of Arab States seems to be on board. The group says it supports some sort of action in Syria, but it doesn't seem too keen on the U.S. – or any other western nation for that matter – being the ones behind the strikes.

CNN's senior international correspondent Nic Robertson reports from Amman, Jordan.

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April 12th, 2013
06:21 PM ET

Is U.S. drone policy creating more terrorists than it's killing?

A few years ago the Taliban held sway here in the Swat Valley a few hours drive from Pakistan's capital. Now, the valley is home to the next generation of jihadists.

We visited a classroom where young boys had come to be de-radicalized. Boys as young as eight had been trained to be child suicide bombers and killers. They come from poor families, and were weaned on Taliban propaganda, not about bin Laden, but U.S. drone strikes, according to a school official who hid her face during our interview, fearing Taliban attack.

The Taliban "drill into them a hatred against the Americans and the drones, they talk about the Americans conducting the drone attacks and killing civilians," said the school director of the Sabaoon School.
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April 11th, 2013
06:19 PM ET

Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf comes clean on drone strikes

By Nic Robertson

Deadly American drone strikes in Pakistan have soured U.S.-Pakistan relations for almost a decade.

"No Pakistani official has ever acknowledged sanctioning U.S. drone strikes, until now," Pervez Musharraf, former military leader of Pakistan, told CNN's Nic Robertson. "Only on a few occasions when a target was absolutely isolated, and no chance of collateral damage."

Musharraf was Pakistan's military ruler when drone strikes began in 2004, and was bitterly and publicly critical of them Now he admits there was a secret deal.

"One discussed at the military level, at the intelligence level to strike, and if at all there was no time for our own [Special Operation Task Force] and military to act then. Only rarely, maybe 2 or 3 times only," said Musharraf.
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