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Pakistani man Malik Jalal asks to be taken off U.S. drone 'kill list'

The so-called U.S. 'kill list' determines who's targeted with drone strikes. Names on the list are secret. Malik Jalal, a tribal elder in Pakistan, says he's escaped drones attacks and believes he's on the list. Jalal is pleading for help to clear his name.
Malik Jalal believes his name is on a so-called U.S. military drone kill list and says he's survived several drone attacks already. (The Associated Press)

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Malik Jalal lives in Waziristan — the mountainous border region between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Jalal says his name is on a so-called "kill list" — a list of approved targets for U.S. military drones, hovering high in the Pakistan sky. And he says he's survived several drone attacks already.

Pakistani tribal elder, Malik Jalal alleges he is on a U.S. military kill list and has travelled to the West from Pakistan, pleading for help. He says he has nothing to lose, but his life. (Mohammad Sajjad/Associated Press)
Recently, Jalal travelled to Britain asking the U.K. government to petition the Americans on his behalf, to strike his name off the kill list before it's too late. ​

Guests in this segment:

  • Malik Jalal, leader of the North Waziristan Peace Committee with his lawyer, Shahzad Akbar, who also translated from Urdu. 
  • Scott Shane, national security reporter for the New York Times and author of Objective Troy: A Terrorist, A President, and the Rise of the Drone.

This segment was produced by The Current's Lara O'Brien and Howard Goldenthal.