A US drone attack killed six suspected militants in a Pakistani tribal district where Pakistan has launched a major military offensive against locals. Security officials said two US drones fired four missiles into a compound in Doga Macha Madda Khel, a village close to Datta Khel town, AFP reports.
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Recently, the Unites States has announced that it is deploying troops, aircraft and drones to Iraq to protect its military advisors, embassy staff and property as well as help Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki battle ISIS militants, who are now controlling large areas of Iraq and Syria. Some argue that is indicative of two dangerous trends: the beginning of an epoch of remote control warfare and the failure of US foreign policy in Middle East.
A US university library is ready to allow students to rent out drones. Students attending the University of South Florida (USF) will be able to borrow unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) this coming school year as part of an expansion of the university's digital learning sector, as stated in a USA Today online article. The library on UFS' campus will be the very first college library to let students rent out drones, as stated by the dean of USF libraries, William Garrison.
The Pentagon confirmed that among the manned and unmanned aircraft flying over Iraq to carry out surveillance, some were carrying bombs and missiles - without specifying if those planes were drones.
The US military is flying armed drones over Baghdad to defend American troops and diplomats in the Iraqi capital if necessary, a senior US official said Friday.
The years of Barack Obama’s presidency saw the escalation of the US drone program. Drones attacks became the key part of the US government approach to counterterrorism. Under the Bush administration the US mainly conducted “personality strikes” - the alleged targets were the so-called “high value leaders” of different militant groups. Under Obama the program expanded to so-called “signature strikes”.
The US military and the federal government have been long preparing an expansion of drone flights within the country. . The Pentagon is planning to operate thousands of drones from at least 110 bases in 39 US states, plus Guam and Puerto Rico, by 2017.
From a military point of view the use of UAVs for destroying enemy targets and killing insurgent has undisputable advantages. A government doesn’t need to send another special unit to a war zone and can avoid victims among servicemen. It is also possible to attack enemies from a safe environment. The pilots who control lethal drones in Pakistan or Yemen are usually doing it from a military base somewhere within the US. But how about the ethical aspect of this kind of warfare?
This month marks ten years since the first CIA drone strike hit Pakistan. According to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, based in London, in ten years the US has conducted over 380 drone strikes in that country. More than 2,000 people were killed.
A secret government memo released Monday shows that the US government justified the 2011 drone attack that killed a militant Muslim preacher and US citizen living in Yemen by saying he posed a terrorist threat to the United States, dpa reports.
More than 400 large American drones have crashed since 2001, each accident causing from hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars in damage, according to the findings of new research by the Washington Post after examining more than 50,000 pages of federal and military records.
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday US air strikes on militants in Iraq could cause a high number of civilian deaths and that Washington did not view such a strategy favourably. The Iraqi government made public on Wednesday its request for US air strikes as its forces battle Sunni militants, but Washington has given no indication it will agree to attack.
US drones killed six militants Wednesday in Pakistan's tribal region where the country's army was engaged in a ground offensive against groups linked with al-Qaeda, officials said.
US drones killed 16 Islamist militants at their hideouts in north-western Pakistan, in the first strikes by the unmanned aircraft in almost six months, officials said Thursday.
Last week Obama's administration has confirmed the necessity to comply with a federal appeals court ruling that requires to make public, parts of a Justice Department memo. One week later the administration is backing off on its decision asking the court to censor certain pages of the document.
Chartered passenger plane Dash-8 has narrowly missed colliding with a drone as it was preparing to land at Perth Airport. The crew spotted a bright strobe light in its path at about 3700 feet, which made the pilot swiftly swerve round, missing the object by no more than 20 meters.
Over 60 percent of all US drone strikes in Pakistan targeted domestic buildings, according to a joint research by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (BIJ), a London-based non-profit news group, Forensic Architecture, a research unit based at Goldsmiths University, London, and Situ Research in New York.
A US surveillance drone arrived at an air base in northern Japan on Saturday for the first deployment of the spy aircraft in the country, the US Air Force said.
Human rights expert Medea Benjamin in her article for the Huffington Post claims that US President Barack Obama has completely broken his promises on foreign policy. She remembers the president's speech, over a year ago at the National Defense University, in which Obama didn't mention any significant change or improvement in the course of foreign policy.