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Africom: US opens drone base in Niger

U.S. begins drone operation in Niger

The US has set up a new drone base in Niger reportedly aimed at fighting al-Qaeda and its affiliates in Africa and helping French troops in their war on Mali. A report by The New York Times said on Friday that the US deployed a number of Predator drones to Niger, suggesting …

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Tehran claims capture of US spy drone over Iranian airspace

Tehran has claimed it captured an American spy drone after the aircraft entered its airspace, Iran’s Press TV reports. The US Navy and the White House denied the claim, saying that none of Washington’s drones in the Gulf region were lost. When answering a journalist’s question about the drone, White …

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Chinese scientists unveil mind-controlled drone

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Chinese researchers have unveiled a system that allows users to control drones with their thoughts. The technology was designed to help handicapped people, but could have ample applications in other fields as well. A video posted to YouTube by researchers at Zhejiang University shows how the system, called Flybuddy2, works. And …

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‘Did we just kill a kid?’ – drone operator

A former U.S. drone operator has opened up about the toll of killing scores of innocent people by pressing a button from a control room in New Mexico. Brandon Bryant, 27, from Missoula, Montana, spent six years in the Air Force operating Predator drones from inside a dark container. But, …

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Yemenis rally against US assassination drone attacks

Yemen protest US drones

People have taken to the streets in Yemen’s northern Sa’ada Province to denounce the US assassination drone attacks in their country. The Yemeni demonstrators on Sunday called on their government to sever its ties with Washington. The protesters chanted anti-US slogans, condemning the most recent drone attacks which killed three …

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UK deploys toy-sized spy drones in Afghanistan

British troops in Afghanistan are now using 10-centimeter-long 16-gram spy helicopters to survey Taliban firing spots. The UK Defense Ministry plans to buy 160 of the drones under a contract worth more than $31 million. The remote-controlled PD-100 PRS aircraft, dubbed the Black Hornet, is produced by Norwegian designer Prox …

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Drone operator speaks out: “This is what you are not told”

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Whenever I read comments by politicians defending the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Predator and Reaper program – aka drones – I wish I could ask them a few questions. I’d start with: “How many women and children have you seen incinerated by a Hellfire missile?” And: “How many men have you seen crawl across a …

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Apple rejects app that tracks U.S. drone strikes

A new iPhone app that would send text messages to users each time a U.S. drone strikes has been repeatedly blocked and deemed “not useful” by the Apple app store. Calling it “objectionable and crude,” Apple will not allow the program’s developer to offer the app to iPhone users, stating …

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Ron Paul fears US might assassinate NSA leaker Snowden

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The United States government hasn’t revealed just yet how it will handle the case of Edward Snowden, but former congressman Ron Paul says he fears the Obama administration will resort to taking down the NSA leaker with a drone strike. Speaking to Fox Business News on Tuesday, the former Republican …

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US drone strike kills 8 in Pakistani school, 5 children dead

The US breaks its promises so quick with Pakistan it’s scarcely worth mentioning them in the first place.  Just hours after a promise not to launch any more drone strikes against Pakistan for the duration of their peace talks with the Taliban, a US drone pounded a religious school in Hangu. The attack …

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US drone strikes declared a ‘war crime’ by judge

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Former New Jersey Superior Court Judge Andrew Napolitano has blasted President Obama over the revelations that a drone strike he sanctioned killed hostages being held prisoner by al Qaeda in Pakistan. The Libertarian pundit did not mince words, calling Obama’s actions “a war crime.” “I condemn, in words as strong …

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Australia moves to buy $3b spy drone fleet

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The Defence Force is quietly resurrecting plans to buy seven huge maritime surveillance spy drones at a cost of up to $3 billion. The unmanned aerial vehicles will be used for maritime surveillance and intercepting asylum seeker boats. The decision comes despite claims that the Royal Australian Air Force’s top …

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US terror drone strikes kill 31 in 72 hours

US terror drones and attack helicopters have killed 31 people in Yemen, Pakistan, and Afghanistan over the course of 72 hours. A non-UN sanctioned US assassination drone strike in the southern Yemeni province of Bayda left seven people dead on Monday. The drone fired missiles on a convoy of three …

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Lockheed Martin’s new SR-72 hypersonic war drone

Lockheed Martin SR-72

Aircraft experts and military aficionados have cause to rejoice now that Lockheed Martin has debuted the SR-72 unmanned spy plane, the long-awaited successor to the SR-71 Blackbird and potentially the first hypersonic craft to enter service. Plans for the SR-72 drone were first unveiled Friday in an Aviation Week article …

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US led drone strike kills 12 Afghan civilians

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A US-led airstrike has killed at least 16 Afghans, including eight women and children, in the eastern province of Kunar, officials say. According to the provincial governor, 16 people – 12 of them civilians – lost their lives in the strike. Among the victims are four children and four women. …

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Obama nominates drone program proponent to head Homeland Security

Jeh Johnson

President Barack Obama has chosen a former Pentagon attorney who defended the extrajudicial killing of American citizens to man the helm of the United States Department of Homeland Security and replace outgoing Secretary Janet Napolitano. Jeh Johnson, a general counsel for the Pentagon during the president’s first term in office, …

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White House wins fight to keep drone killings of Americans secret

A federal judge issued a 75-page ruling on Wednesday that declares that the US Justice Department does not have a legal obligation to explain the rationale behind killing Americans with targeted drone strikes. United States District Court Judge Colleen McMahon wrote in her finding this week that the Obama administration …

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