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US Drones

U.S. Proposal Would Arm Italy’s Drones

www.nytimes.com | Posted 05.30.2012 | World

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration plans to arm Italy’s small fleet of Reaper surveillance drones with Hellfire missiles and precision-guided b...

Who Commands America's Killer Drones?

AP | KIMBERLY DOZIER | Posted 07.23.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- White House counterterror chief John Brennan has seized the lead in guiding the debate on which terror leaders will be targeted for dron...

4 Suspected Militants Killed In U.S. Drone Strike

AP | RIAZ KHAN | Posted 07.22.2012 | World

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani doctor who helped the U.S. track down Osama bin Laden was convicted of high treason Wednesday and sentenced to...

Heavy Fighting In Yemen Leaves At Least 32 Dead

Reuters | Posted 07.14.2012 | World

ADEN, Yemen, May 15 (Reuters) - At least 32 people, including 23 al Qaeda-linked militants were killed in Yemen, officials and reside...

Oops! Air Force Drones Can Now (Accidentally) Spy On You

Wired | Posted 05.08.2012 | Technology

As long as the Air Force pinky-swears it didn’t mean to, its drone fleet can keep tabs on the movements of Americans, far from the battlefields of A...

DRONE ATTACK: 15 Suspected Militants Reportedly Killed

Reuters | Posted 05.13.2012 | World

By Saud Mehsud DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan, March 13 (Reuters) - U.S. drone aircraft struck twice in Pakistan's unruly tribal regions ...

Eric Holder Defends U.S. Killing Of American Citizen

AP | By NEDRA PICKLER | Posted 05.24.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday that the decision to kill a U.S. citizen living abroad who poses a terrorist threat "is among t...

Ramped Up U.S. Drone Strikes Kill 5 Suspected Militants

AP | ISHTIAQ MAHSUD and RASOOL DAWAR | Posted 04.10.2012 | World

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan — A U.S. drone fired two missiles at a house in Pakistan's northwest tribal region Thursday, killing five suspected m...

The Undercover Drone

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 04.04.2012 | World
Christopher Brauchli

Permitting the United States to fly drones wherever it wants is the price a country may have to pay for friendship with the United States. Some countries may think that price too high.

Suspected Drone Strike Kills 6 Mlitants

Reuters | Posted 03.13.2012 | World

(Updates death toll) By Haji Mujtaba MIRANSHAH, Pakistan, Jan 12 (Reuters) - A second drone strike in two days killed s...

U.S. Reportedly Launches First Drone In Pakistan In 6 Weeks

AP | By LOLITA C. BALDOR and RASOOL DAWAR | Posted 03.12.2012 | World

BANNU, Pakistan -- An American drone strike killed four Islamist militants in Pakistan, the first such attack since errant U.S airstrikes in November ...

4-Year-Old Mutilated By U.S. Drone Attack To Receive Reconstructive Surgery

Posted 12.27.2011 | World

Shakira was one-year-old when she was found severely burned and near death in a trash can in Pakistan's Swat Valley. The girl had been left to die aft...

The Drone, the Secretary and the Seven Dwarfs

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 02.22.2012 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

Since none of the proposals to retrieve the American drone in Iran had a chance of success, it's a good thing that the Secretary chose to simply request the return of the drone. The request did not start a war.

The Drone That Fell From the Sky

Nick Turse | Posted 02.19.2012 | Politics
Nick Turse

The recent losses of the Pentagon's robot Sentinel in Iran, the Reaper in the Seychelles, and the Predator in Kandahar offer a window into a future in which the global skies will be filled with drones that may prove far less wondrous than Americans have been led to believe.

Iran Reportedly Delayed Announcement On Downed U.S. Drone

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 02.16.2012 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran deliberately delayed its announcement that it had captured an American surveillance drone to test U.S. reaction, the country...

Iran Demands Afghanistan Cancel US Drone Flights

AP | Posted 02.14.2012 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's foreign minister demanded Thursday that Afghanistan stop allowing the U.S. to use bases in the country to launch drone fli...

Despite Lost Drone, Panetta Says Intel Operations Will Continue

AP | By LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 12.14.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the U.S. will continue to conduct intelligence operations like the recent one that led to th...

Why Drones Could End up Being Good for Privacy Law

Ryan Calo | Posted 02.12.2012 | Politics
Ryan Calo

Drones are simply too effective, too cost efficient, for police, firefighters, and even the private sector to ignore. So why isn't the sky already filled with drones?

U.S. Drone Killed American Troops After String Of Missteps

latimes.com | Posted 01.06.2012 | World

Though no dereliction of duty was found, a Pentagon investigation raised troubling questions: Among them: Was the Predator missile fired too quickly?...

Suspected U.S. Drone Kills Powerful Pakistani Commander

AP | ISHTIAQ MAHSUD | Posted 12.27.2011 | World

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan — Two American drone strikes hours apart destroyed a hideout in Taliban strongholds in Pakistan's rugged tribal regio...

An Expanding War in Pakistan

Tom Hayden | Posted 12.12.2011 | World
Tom Hayden

The drones do not make America safer. They inevitably provoke blowback. They are not a way of waging war cheaply. They require massive investments in client states and "nation-building" on the ground. They kill people, but no victories are won from the air.

Reports: Suspected U.S. Drone Kills 4 In Pakistan

AP | RASOOL DAWAR | Posted 10.16.2011 | World

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan — A suspected U.S. drone fired missiles at a house in northwest Pakistan before dawn Tuesday, killing four militants ...

The Assassination President?

Feisal G. Mohamed | Posted 09.18.2011 | Politics
Feisal G. Mohamed

If George W. Bush was the torture president, Barack Obama's pet human rights violation is extrajudicial killing.

U.S. Drone Kills 17 In Pakistan In First Such Attack Since Bin Laden Death

Posted 07.06.2011 | World

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – U.S. drone aircraft fired missiles into a house in Pakistan's North Waziristan region on Friday, killing at least 17 suspe...

U.S. Missiles Kill Multiple People In Pakistan Tribal Region

AP | CHRIS BRUMMITT | Posted 06.21.2011 | World

ISLAMABAD — U.S. missiles killed 25 people in an al-Qaida and Taliban sanctuary close to the Afghan border on Friday, Pakistani officials said, ...