Category Archives: Drone strikes

Running amok? Donald Trump facilitates civilian drone deaths & continues attacks in seven countries ‘and elsewhere’

The NGO CAGE, which campaigns against discriminatory state policies and advocates observance of due process and the rule of law, reminds readers that in October 2017, US President Donald Trump replaced the Obama rules pertaining to drone strikes with his … Continue reading

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Britain’s war – denials wear thin: defence secretary now acknowledges civilian killing by RAF

Britain is at war with more than 1600 airstrikes in Syria and Iraq. Deborah Haynes, Defence Editor of the Times reports the killing of a civilian by RAF drone in Syria. The air strike was by a Reaper drone, remotely operated by … Continue reading

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Immoral, unethical and illegal? Military action in areas where the UK is not formally at war

Mark Shapiro draws attention to a contribution from Emily Knowles, who leads the Oxford Research Group’s Remote Warfare Programme. In the introduction to her report (right) she writes: “ One of the major warnings from the Iraq Inquiry was that public … Continue reading

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Sikander Ahmed Shah: first objective, halting drone strikes – the second, reparation

For years the legality of using armed drones has been challenged by individuals and organisations – as a search on this website will reveal. Another analyst, Sikander Ahmed Shah of Lahore University of Management Sciences, Department of Law and Policy reflected … Continue reading

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Saudi allies applaud President Trump as shameful Yemeni killings escalate

Donald Trump bows to receive gold medal yesterday from Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz. President Trump’s regime has perpetrated more than 80 strikes in Yemen since January and a disastrous Special Forces raid that killed 25 civilians, including 10 children. In March America’s NBC … Continue reading

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Aerial attacks: ISIS uses coalition tactics – albeit on a smaller scale 

Tim Bradshaw (Financial Times) reports that ISIS has been using low-cost “quadcopters”, assembled using kits instead of buying ‘off-the-shelf’, to drop improvised bombs in Syria and Iraq. US military officials have become increasingly concerned about ISIS’ use of drones such … Continue reading

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Why would disclosing reasons for rebranding armed drones have a chilling effect?

In 2016, defence secretary Michael Fallon announced a £100m development deal with US arms manufacturer General Atomics under which the UK fleet of armed drones will double. The new acquisitions will be variants of the Reaper, an advanced version of … Continue reading

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