Category Archives: Drone strikes

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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Legacy: “Obama scattered his drones and special forces throughout the Muslim world”

In January, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism reported that President Obama embraced the US drone programme, overseeing more strikes in his first year than Bush carried out during his entire presidency. A total of 563 strikes, largely by drones, targeted Pakistan, Somalia and … Continue reading

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Accidental civilian drone damage is a hazard: military use is hazardous and lethal

“The FT editorial “A drone is not just for Christmas but for life” – ‘Naïve’ – or worse? writes Paul Miners (Lutry, Switzerland) who takes the un-named writer to task: “Your editorial “A drone is not just for Christmas but … Continue reading

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Innocents living under drone flights: depressed, suicidal, massacred

In October last year The Intercept published an eight-piece story on the United States’ use of armed drones around the world, citing leaked documents which appeared to show that nine out of every ten people killed in a US ‘targeted killing’ … Continue reading

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Barbaric US airstrikes cost $1 billion; add to this the effects of terror, injuries, killings and ruined infrastructure

  Japan Times reports today that the Pentagon issued a statement about a U.S. airstrike in Syria last month killed what the Defense Department describes as a senior al-Qaida leader who once had ties to Osama bin Laden. Full details … Continue reading

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The US continues its mission: bringing peace, democracy and death – this time in Africa

The Washington Post reported in 2014 that the U.S. military wanted to increase reconnaissance flights over Libya assisted by a drone base in Agadez; this would make it easier to reach the southern Libya desert, where security analysts believed that … Continue reading

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