Category Archives: Drones proliferate

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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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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Jeremy Corbyn feels uneasy about public executions abroad by drone: he is not alone

. Military historian Sir Max Hastings has qualms about ‘signature strikes’: drone public executions of our enemies abroad. A summary of his article to which a Moseley reader has drawn our attention: The Americans have more drone operators under training … Continue reading

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The world’s shame: America expects a ‘cascading series of global crises’ & plans to increase drone flights in 90 ‘combat air patrols’ each day

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation and other media sites recently republished the report by Lolita Baldor (Associated Press) about the Pentagon plans to increase drone flights by 50% – increasing numbers of combat air patrols to 90 a day. Reasons given: … Continue reading

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‘Keeping our communities safe and reassured’ whilst Yemenis and Pakistanis live in fear

In a sane, humane world, the headline would be 19 arrests for executing civilians without trial. But Pupul Chatterjee (@pupulchatterjee) shares the news from the Staffordshire Police that 19 people have been arrested at the UAV Engines factory in Shenstone, … Continue reading

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Are ‘civilian’ drones endangering aeroplanes and helicopters?

In June, Emily Chow, Alberto Cuadra and Craig Whitlock reported in the Washington Post that more than 400 large U.S. military drones crashed in major accidents worldwide between Sept. 11, 2001, and December 2013. The Washington Post identified 194 drone … Continue reading

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Can the ‘good’ drones be identified?

A reader who often has to work in areas of the Middle East in projects addressing the various forms of damage done by deprivation and warfare raised this issue a few weeks ago: “Although I agree there can be positive … Continue reading

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