Eric Schmitt

U.S. State Department operating mini-drone fleet over Iraq

In an effort to secure its own facilities and its employees in the wake of the U.S. military pullout, the U.S. Embassy in Iraq is operating a small fleet of mini-drones for use in real-time surveillance. They're trying to get permission from the Iraqi government to make their use permanent.

Conflict & Justice

Role of the CIA in Yemen

We continue our coverage of the death of Anwar Al-Awlaki, the U.S.-born cleric killed early this morning in northern Yemen. It is still not clear whether the operation was carried out by Yemeni forces or American intelligence.


Global Politics

American forces in Pakistan sidestep consent

For seven years, American officials have tried to work with Pakistan to fight al-Qaida and the Taliban. But after months of debate, the Bush administration is allowing Special Ops forces to carry out ground assaults without the prior consent of the Pakistani government. The Takeaway talks to Eric Schmitt, of The New York Times about the situation.

Conflict & Justice

Lashkar-e-Taiba linked to the ISI

While there is no hard evidence linking Pakistan to the Mumbai attacks, Lashkar-e-Taiba has been linked to the Pakistani government's spy service, the ISI. The big question: what will Pakistan do and will it have a lasting effect?

Military commanders rethink terrorist air response

It seemed like an essential move after the September 11 attacks: having dozens of fighter jets on alert at all times in case it happened again. But eight years later, military commanders are now questioning such an expensive policy.