Tag Archives: Ministry of Defence

Lest we forget: the killing continues – friendly and unfriendly fire

VOA, part of the U.S. Agency for Global Media, the government funded agency that oversees all non-military, U.S. international broadcasting, reported on 7th June that the United Nations is demanding an immediate end to indiscriminate attacks against civilians and civilian … 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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The vulnerability of unmanned aerial vehicles

Ian Davis of NATO Watch reports that the NATO Joint Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC) has published a study on the vulnerability of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly referred to as drones, in the contested airspace. Beth Stevenson reports in … Continue reading

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MoD facing legal challenge to armed drone deployment outside Afghanistan

Noting the range of posts on the subject on this site, a reader has sent a link to the Guardian’s latest by legal affairs correspondent Owen Bowcott, reporting that British officials are to come before a United Nations inquiry into … Continue reading

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Now thrive the armourers and executioners

American visitors to the site were in the majority last week as they have been for months, also showing the most interest in defence-related and chemical concern sites but very little in UK political issues, agriculture and a good news … Continue reading

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Is there ‘growing disquiet’ within Parliament about Britain’s role in drone warfare?

Draft proposals tabled by peers from the three major parties and a cross-bencher, require Government to overhaul “outdated” legislation relating to MoD/US bases, drawn up before drones were in use. Peers and senior MPs said the proposals underline a growing … Continue reading

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British pilots more likely to fire deadly drone missiles in Afghanistan than US – neither are deterred by allegations of inhumanity or illegality

The Ministry of Defence refused to reveal how many drone strikes had been fired by UK-operated drones until the information was required by a parliamentary question from MP Caroline Lucas, earlier this month. Defence minister Andrew Robathan answered it. The … Continue reading

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