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Pentagon’s DARPA looking to create super soldiers

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The US military’s future technology division is reportedly eyeing tampering with soldiers’ genes, allowing them to go for days without food or sleep and re-grow limbs lost in battle or due to landmines. Scientists at the Pentagon’s high-tech Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency hope to find a way to affect …

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Africom: US to build new drone bases in Africa

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The US is planning to consolidate its position in Africa with a new drone outpost in Niger, with the stated purpose of providing unarmed surveillance support to French efforts in Mali and keeping tabs on al-Qaeda elements on the continent. The robotic unmanned aircraft would likely be based in Niger, …

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U.S. drone strike kills another 13 civilians

Local officials in Yemen say that a United States-led drone strike over the weekend there killed 13 civilians. Members of the Yemeni government tells reporters that an unmanned aerial vehicle operated remotely by the United States military executed more than a dozen civilians, including three women, near the town of …

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United Nations wants to use drones

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The U.N. wants to use drones, the French news agency Agence France-Presse reports. “The United Nations wants to use drones for the first time to monitor fighting in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where Rwanda has been accused of aiding rebels,” says the report, quoting U.N. officials. The international body …

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US may be guilty of war crimes over drone use – Amnesty International

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[youtube height=”400″ width=”550″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeRkst6LEp4[/youtube]   US officials responsible for carrying out drone strikes may have to stand trial for war crimes, says a report by Amnesty International, which lists civilian casualties in the attacks in Pakistan. Human Rights Watch has issued similar report on Yemen. The Amnesty International report is based on the …

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US sets records with number of drone strikes in Afghanistan this year

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The United States has carried out more drone strikes this year in Afghanistan than it has during its eight-year-long air war in Pakistan, launching 447 strikes and killing thousands while also reducing its air surveillance. At a time when the US is transitioning military power to the Afghan government and …

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Australian military starts training on US Reaper drones

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Australian air force personnel have begun training on armed drones in the United States, Australian defense officials said on Monday, less than a week after Washington said it would begin exporting the controversial weapons system. The U.S. State Department last week said it would allow exports of lethal military drones …

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US drones kill up to 80% civilians

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The absolute majority of the people killed by American UAVs in Pakistan are innocent civilians, claims Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik. If given the drone technology, Pakistan would do a better job, he argued earlier. Malik revealed that according to Islamabad’s calculations, the number of drone attacks in recent years …

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Pakistani court declares US drone strikes illegal and a war crime

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A Pakistani court has declared that US drone strikes in the country’s tribal belt are illegal and has directed the government to move a resolution against the attacks in the United Nations. In what activists said was an historic decision, the Peshawar High Court issued the verdict against the strikes …

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TV stations to start using military drones

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The military uses unmanned aerial vehicles to strike insurgents without being detected, and the FAA will soon regulate UAVs in America for policing purposes. Is journalism next to embrace drone technology to stay, literally, on top of the news? The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to have guidelines for domestic …

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As drone victims testified to Congress, Obama met the arms company which makes missiles for drones

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In an interesting spot, journalist Alice Ollstein today noted that, while Reprieve clients the Rehman family were testifying at Congress about the day a drone strike killed their grandmother in North-West Pakistan, President Obama was meeting the CEOs of arms companies including Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin. Both firms are involved in the manufacture of drones …

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Obama: ‘I’m really good at killing people’

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President Obama’s use of drone warfare has received harsh criticism from both the right and the left. But according to a new book, the president is proud of his drone strikes. Double Down: Game Change 2012 , a book about the 2012 presidential campaign, claims that Obama told his aides he is …

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US drones target first responders in Pakistan

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The US routinely engages in launching follow-up assassination drone attacks in Pakistan, aimed at targeting people who arrive at the site of an initial attack for rescue operations. According to a report published on the Guardian website, the US has routinely launched double or triple drone attacks in Pakistan, even though targeting rescuers …

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Who’s profiting? UK spends up to £2bn on deadly drones

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Britain has spent over £2bn on buying and developing deadly military drones in the last five years and is said to be spending more, as the flying devices are known for killing civilians in current US-led invasions. After the UK spent £2bn on funding the development of unmanned aircrafts in …

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