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The United States government has made hundreds of attacks on targets in northwest Pakistan since 2004 using drones (unmanned aerial vehicles) controlled by the Central Intelligence Agency's Special Activities Division. These attacks are part of the United States' War on Terrorism campaign, seeking to defeat Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants in Pakistan. Most of these attacks are on targets in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas along the Afghan border in Northwest Pakistan. These strikes have increased substantially under the Presidency of Barack Obama. Some media refer to the series of attacks as a "drone War".


Pakistan's government publicly condemns these attacks, but has secretly shared Intelligence with the United States and also allegedly allowed the drones to operate from Shamsi Airfield in Pakistan until 21 April 2011, when 150 Americans left the base. According to secret diplomatic cables leaked by Wikileaks, Pakistan's Army Chief Ashfaq Parvez Kayani not only tacitly agreed to the drone flights, but in 2008 requested Americans to increase them. However, Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik said, "drone missiles cause collateral damage. A few militants are killed, but the majority of victims are innocent citizens." The strikes are often linked to anti-American sentiment in Pakistan and the growing questionability of the scope and extent of CIA activities in Pakistan.


Reports of the number of militants versus civilian casualties differ. In a 2009 opinion article, Daniel L. Byman of the Brookings Institution wrote that drone strikes may have killed "10 or so civilians" for every "mid- and high-ranking [al Qaeda and Taliban] leader." In contrast, the New America Foundation has estimated that 80 percent of those killed in the attacks were militants. The Pakistani military has stated that most of those killed were hardcore Al-Qaeda and Taliban militants. The CIA believes that the strikes conducted since May 2010 have killed over 600 militants and have not caused any civilian fatalities, a claim that experts disputed. Based on extensive research, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism found that between 391 – 780 civilians were killed out of a total of between 1,658 and 2,597 and that 160 children are reported among the deaths. The Bureau also revealed that since President Obama took office at least 50 civilians were killed in follow-up strikes when they had gone to help victims and more than 20 civilians have also been attacked in deliberate strikes on funerals and mourners, tactics that have been condemned by legal experts. Barbara Elias-Sanborn has also cautioned that, "as much of the literature on drones suggests, such killings usually harden militants' determination to fight, stalling any potential negotiations and settlement."


drone strikes were halted in November 2011 after NATO forces killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in the Salala incident. Shamsi Airfield was evacuated of Americans and taken over by the Pakistanis December 2011. The incident prompted an approximately two-month stop to the drone strikes, which resumed on 10 January 2012.

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Her latest work includes an effort to stop CIA drone attacks, and she is the author of a new book, "Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection" ... You know that today, the relation, it's the cause of more than four million jobs in the United States of America, directly and indirectly. Also, it's ...
Saudi Arabian airstrikes are to blame for most civilian deaths and injuries in Yemen, says a report submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Council by the U.N. Secretary-General and High Commissioner for Human Rights. Yemen is entering its fourth year of conflict, a conflict the United Nations ... Arabian
"It's not quite as easy to launch a terrorist drone attack as the breathless media suggests," Boyle told a recent terrorism seminar at John Jay College. ... In the U.S. so far, the dark side of drones has been confined to "routine criminal activity," such as dropping drugs and other contraband into prisons. Terror Attack
U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist's, D-Fla., proposal offering U.S. support for defending Israel from drone attacks is gaining momentum on Capitol Hill. Two weeks ago, Crist and U.S. Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., teamed up to bring out the "United States-Israel Joint drone Detection Cooperation Act." The bill ...
... drone attacks in Iraq and Syria, while civilian deaths rose roughly 215 percent from 2016 to 2017. In Somalia, where American drones are active, the US killed more than 200 people in 2017, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. The US' latest drone attack took place in Yemen on Tuesday.

A suicide bomber has killed a senior religious official in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad while 27 Taliban fighters died in a US drone attack in Kunar province that lies in the country's ... Hajizadeh criticized the stance of the United States, Arab countries, Britain and France from Iran's missile program. drone Taliban
PESHAWAR: The son of proscribed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Mullah Fazlullah, along with 19 other militants, was killed in the US drone strike across the border in Afghanistan on Wednesday morning. The TTP confirmed the drone attack on its facility in Afghanistan's Kunar province and ... drone attack
At least 20 suspected terrorists have been killed in a United States (US) drone strike in the Afghan province of Kunar. The alleged terrorists were reportedly affiliated with the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Ustad Yaseen, said to be responsible for training suicide attackers, was also among ... drone attack
Syrian Crisis US drone destroys Russian tank in eastern Syria's Deir el-Zor. Moscow on Tuesday said dozens of Russian citizens were injured after a U.S. drone attack this month in eastern Syria, amid mounting reports of casualties among Russian nationals in the country. The U.S. coalition on Feb. 7 struck ... drone attack
On Tuesday, it was reported that activist of The Other Russia party, Kirill Ananyev was killed as a result of the US-led attack in the north of Syria, RIA Novosti said with reference to coordinator of the party, Alexander Averin. He added that Ananyev had fought as a volunteer in the Donbass before he left for ... drone attack
The Pakistani Taliban say a senior militant, Khalid Mehsud, has been killed in a US drone attack. Mehsud was deputy leader of the banned Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the main faction of the hardline Islamist Pakistani Taliban. He was killed in a drone strike on Thursday in North Waziristan, near the ... drone attack
An American drone attack in northwestern Pakistan is believed to have killed a high-profile militant commander along with several of his aides. ... Details of the latest U.S. drone attack emerged as an Afghan delegation led by the neighboring country's deputy foreign minister, Hekmat Khalil Karzai, opened a ... drone attack
Human's rights group Reprieve have published damning new information about the United States' drone assassination program under President Trump. ... A leaked government memo about US drone attacks from that time estimated that 90 percent of those killed in the targeted attacks were not the ... drone attack
Speaking at a protest in the city of Ateq on Sunday, al-Ateeqi blamed the Arab coalition at war with Yemen for the deaths, saying it was responsible for the country's airspace and protecting civilian lives. The United States is the only force known to operate armed drones over Yemen and does not normally ... drone attack
THE largest security operation in US sporting history surrounds the Super Bowl - amid fears it may be targeted by a "lone wolf" ISIS attacker piloting a drone. Terror experts from Homeland Security have a Special Response Team on the ground in and around the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis where the ... drone attack
Critics fear that conducting drone attacks outside conflict areas could lead to the type of “targeted killings” approach adopted by the US in Pakistan and Yemen. In August 2015, British jihadi Reyaad Khan was killed by an RAF drone strike in Syria after he appeared in a recruitment video for Isis/Daesh. drone attack

Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Representatives Mike Johnson (R-LA) and Charlie Crist (D-FL) introduced the United States-Israel Joint Drone Detection Cooperation Act, legislation establishing a strategic partnership between the United States and Israel to combat drone attacks from Iran and other ... drone attack
The Pakistani Taliban say a senior militant, Khalid Mehsud, has been killed in a US drone attack. Mehsud was deputy leader of the banned Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the main faction of the hardline Islamist Pakistani Taliban. He was killed in a drone strike on Thursday in North Waziristan, near the ... drone attack
The slain commander was also believed to be closely linked to the Haqqani network blamed for staging high-profile terrorist attacks against local and US -led forces in Afghanistan. "We call on the Pakistani government and others in the region to work with us to deny sanctuary to these risky individuals and ... drone attack
An American drone attack in northwestern Pakistan is believed to have killed a high-profile militant commander along with several of his aides. ... Details of the latest U.S. drone attack emerged as an Afghan delegation led by the neighboring country's deputy foreign minister, Hekmat Khalil Karzai, opened a ... drone attack
Somalia is facing yet another major crisis as the United States steps up its drone attack and combat operations in this Horn of Africa state. Drone attacks are promoted by the .... If the AMISOM project is being exhausted, the only other option is a U.S.-led intervention of greater magnitude. There has been the ... drone attack
A diplomatic row broke out between Pakistan and the US over the latest US drone attack on an Afghan refugee camp situated near Hangu, Kurram Agency. ... Whether one believes it or not, the president of United States is adamant on “teaching Pakistan a lesson”, the drone attack will get a justification – no ... drone attack
A diplomatic row broke out between Pakistan and the US over the latest US drone attack on an Afghan refugee camp situated near Hangu, Kurram .... With thousands more US troops expected in Afghanistan, it would come as no surprise if there was a steep increase in the frequency of drone attacks. drone attack
A drone, which is thought to belong to the U.S., targeted a vehicle carrying seven civilians in Said district of southeastern Shabwah province. According to local sources, ... The coalition has come under international criticism, including from the United States, following previous attacks. The coalition says its ... drone attack
ISLAMABAD - The United States has made it clear to Pakistan that drone attacks inside the Pakistani territory will continue until Islamabad “satisfies” Washington of indiscriminate ... Pakistan and the US made conflicting claims on the drone attack in the Kurram Agency by the US forces based in Afghanistan. drone attack
On December 26 a US drone attack also targeted a compound in Mata Sangar area near Afghan border in Kurram Agency in which two persons were killed. ... These strikes began during the administration of the United States President, George W Bush, and increased substantially under his successor ... drone attack
On 13 January 2018, the Russian Special Forces took out all members of the Jihadist group that carried out the group drone attack on the bases of Tartous and Hmeimim, in Syria [1]. The Russian counter attack took place in the village of Muwazarra, situated in the de-escalation zone of Idlib. It was here that ... drone attack
On 5 January, 2018, Russian forces stationed in Syria suffered what appears to be the first case of swarm drones attack in history. Despite the UAVs being of a rather crude nature, this episode constitutes a further development in non-state actors' use of UAVs. Additionally, allegations about the involvement ... drone attack
PARACHINAR: Two suspected militants were killed and another was injured when US drones fired missiles at some locations on both sides of Pakistan-Afghanistan border on Wednesday. The first attack was carried out near Badshahkot village in lower division of Kurram Agency close to the Afghan border ... drone attack
Electronic warfare and radio frequency (RF) weapons might be the best way to counter the emerging threat of swarming drone attacks. While in previous years, drones were a tool of state actors, increasingly non-state actors are using these weapons against conventional forces as was recently ... drone attack
PARACHINAR: Two suspected militants were killed and another was injured when US drones fired missiles at some locations on both sides of Pakistan-Afghanistan border on Wednesday. The first attack was carried out near Badshahkot village in lower division of Kurram Agency close to the Afghan border ... drone attack
Already, Dedrone has worked with an impressive list of clients that include the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the U.S. Army's Joint Base Myer Henderson Hall in Washington, D.C., the Georgia Department of Corrections, and provided drone detection services for some of the Clinton-Trump ... drone attack
ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Monday directed to restore a first information report (FIR) against the then American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) station chief in Islamabad and legal adviser regarding the US drone attack in an area of Mirali in 2009. The court dismissed the move of Chief ... drone attack
Both Turkey and the US denied any involvement in the drone attack. The Russians said the drones had flown more than 50 kilometres from a location in the rebel-held Idlib province, and that they had identified and eliminated those responsible for the attack. (For a good insight into the technical details of ... drone attack
U.S. bases are targets, and Russian bases are targets," said Olga Olicker, senior advisor and director of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington defense think tank. Experts say the U.S. also has the capability to shoot down multiple drones as well ... drone attack
At first the Russians thought the drones were supported by the Turkish Army and they accused the Turks of complicity; next the Russians, still flailing around pointed a finger at the United States, pointing out that a U.S. Navy reconnaissance plane was operating not far away in the Mediterranean; finally the Russians started ... drone attack
The militants used ten drones in the attempt to hit Hmeymim and another three against Tartus. An earlier Pentagon statement allowed the Russian military to “take a new look at some unusual coincidences” surrounding the incident, it said. Currently, the Russian military experts are analyzing the ... drone attack
Last weekend, rebels also launched a drone attack on Hemeimeem and a Russian naval base in Tartus, which was repelled by the Russian military. ... The Defense Ministry has earlier referred to the "strange coincidence" of a U.S. military intelligence plane allegedly barraging over the Mediterranean near ... drone attack
He also decided to hold, after the Congress in Sochi, his own event in Turkey with participation of the United States, France and Germany (possibly at the foreign ministers' level). Moreover, Ankara at least did not prevent the strikes against the Russian airbase. UAVs were launched from the territory that ... drone attack
Read alsoCNN: Russia suggests U.S. may have had role in attack on Russian bases in Syria As UNIAN reported earlier, on January 8, the Russian Defense Ministry said that Russian airbases in Syria were attacked by 13 drones handed over to terrorists by "one of the countries with high technological ... drone attack
"So either the Russians are completely lying about bringing multiple drones down at the same time or if true, then the US needs to figure out how they got the technology to do so despite us usually being on the forefront of this stuff and replicate it for our forces," he added. drone attack russia air base syria A drone used in an ... drone attack
Russia suspects 'state' behind drone attack on its bases in Syria ... Novikov didn't blame any specific country, but the defence ministry earlier referred to the “strange coincidence” of a US military intelligence plane allegedly barraging over the Mediterranean near the Russian bases when the attack took ... drone attack
Russia Investigating Drone Attacks on Syria Bases: RIA. Jan. 11, 2018, at 8:54 ... MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's defense ministry said on Thursday it was investigating which country produced explosives used in recent drone attacks on Russian bases in Syria, RIA news agency cited the ministry as saying. drone attack
The Pentagon has denied any involvement in a recent series of drone attacks on Russian bases in Syria after Russia's Defense Ministry hinted that the U.S. military may have aided the attackers. Marine Maj. Adrian Rankine-Galloway, a Pentagon spokesman, said Tuesday that "any suggestion that U.S. or ... drone attack
The Pentagon has rejected Russian insinuations that U.S. forces were involved in recent drone attacks against Russia's air base and its naval facility in western Syria. Spokesman Marine Major Adrian Rankine-Galloway said on January 9 that "any suggestion that U.S. or coalition forces played a role in an ... drone attack
... Defence Ministry said its forces repelled a series of drone attacks on the Hemeimeem air base and a naval facility in Tartus, adding that such attacks would have required assistance from a country possessing satellite navigation technology — a statement that appeared to be aimed at the United States. drone attack
In Tuesday's statement, it noted a "strange coincidence" of a U.S. military intelligence plane flying over the Mediterranean near the two Russian bases at ... Russia's Defense Ministry said late on Monday that its forces have repelled a series of drone attacks on its bases in Syria — the Hemeimeem air base ... drone attack
Commenting over cut in US aid, the spokesperson said that Pakistan cannot draft its foreign policy keeping in view the economic aspects. He said Pakistan would soon issue complete record of the US aid and its spending. Responding to a query about possible drone attack by US, Dr Faisal said that ISPR ... drone attack
MOGADISHU, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) -- The United States military confirmed Wednesday that its forces conducted an airstrike against Al-Shabaab terrorists about 50km west of the capital, Mogadishu, killing two terrorists in the first drone attack this year. The U.S. Africa Command (Africom) said the strike which was ... drone attack


 

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