Since 2004, the USA has been practicing a new kind of clandestine military operation. The justification for using drones to take out enemy targets is appealing because it removes the risk of losing American military, it’s much cheaper than deploying soldiers, it’s politically much easier to manoeuvre (i.e. flying a drone within Pakistan vs. sending troops) and it keeps the world in the dark about what is really happening. It takes the conflict out of sight, out of mind.
December 6th: at least 3 killed in a pre-dawn attack when a CIA drone fired a pair of missiles at a house near the Afghan border. The identities of the casualties are unknown. “The US drones were flying before and even after the attack” said local elder Malik Mumtaz. #drone #drones #pakistan (at Mubarak Shahi, North Waziristan)
Drone Wars UK aims to be a source of information on the growing use of armed drones. Based in the UK, it focuses on the use of British drones but also includes information about armed drones in general.
On 26, Apr 2013 | In statistical drone | By Isabellisima
British attitudes to drones
by Dr Joel Faulkner, yougov.co.uk
April 3rd 2012
British public opinion on drones and targeted killing has been oversimplified; Britons are divided on whether current drone policies are ultimately helping or hindering Western security,