Category Archives: UK

Growing opposition to the allied airstrikes in Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq

The UK is supporting US airstrikes in Yemen, Syria and Iraq which are killing civilians. The Saudi-led coalition appears to be responsible for 67% of reported civilian casualties in the war in Yemen. ReliefWeb reports that Saudi-led coalition airstrikes, assisted by … Continue reading

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Britain’s shame: supplying components enabling Turkey to bomb its own citizens

Link: https://politicalcleanup.wordpress.com/2021/05/28/britains-shame-supplying-a-crucial-component-enabling-turkey-to-bomb-its-own-citizens

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Britain’s role in the death & injury of Yemeni civilians

Above: typical of the destruction wrought by coalition air strikes July – December 2020 After taking the UK government to court over its arms sales to the Saudis, the latest CAAT newsletter (Issue 258 Winter 2020) recalls that in July … Continue reading

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The Drone Wars website

Whereas this Airstrikes site has just reported on drone killings and latterly on airstrikes, the Drone Wars site analyses in detail the impact and (im)morality of the use of armed drones. Summarised here are some of the points made in … Continue reading

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Mercenaries, aka private contractors, assist death-dealing airstrikes by the UK airforce

As long ago as 2003, Ian Traynor reported in The privatisation of war’ that when the unmanned Predator drones, Global Hawks, and B-2 stealth bombers went into action, their weapons systems were operated and maintained by non-military personnel working for … Continue reading

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The UN Special Rapporteur’s report on armed drones and targeted killing

In the UK Defence Journal, George Allison reviews a new report on armed drones and targeted killing for the UN Human Rights Council produced by  Agnes Callamard (right), the UN’s Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. She outlined recommendations to … Continue reading

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Under the spotlight: European assistance to the ‘War on Terror’ drone strikes

President Donald Trump, who has stepped up the use of drones in Somalia and other areas, recently revoked a requirement for U.S. intelligence officials to give public reports listing the number of civilians killed in drone strikes and other attacks … Continue reading

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Enabling RAF chaplains to provide guidance to drone pilots

See our 2014 post The Times and the Commercial Drone Professional reported recently that the Church of England has announced a programme helping RAF chaplains to offer pastoral care and support to drone pilots. They will spend a year studying … Continue reading

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Should we focus on autonomous weapons or the human agencies directing them?

A member of Scientists for Global Responsibility has drawn attention to a report by Peter Burt: Off the Leash: The Development of Autonomous Military Drones in the UK. In a Guardian article*, Jamie Doward points out that though the government insists … Continue reading

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British mainstrean media downplays Britain’s role in the latest Yemeni killing

Today, the BBC reports that UN Group of Regional and International Eminent Experts on Yemen will present a report to the UN Human Rights Council next month. It says that the experts believe war crimes may have been committed by … Continue reading

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