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Friday, January 18, 2013

New Year Brings More Remote Control Warfare

A student pilot and sensor operator man the controls of a MQ-9 Reaper in a ground-based cockpit during a training mission flown from Hancock Field Air National Guard Base in Syracuse, New York, in June. (AP/TSgt Ricky Best, Defense Department)

A student pilot and sensor operator man the controls of a MQ-9 Reaper in a ground-based cockpit during a training mission flown from Hancock Field Air National Guard Base in Syracuse, New York, in June. (AP/TSgt Ricky Best, Defense Department)

The CIA has escalated the number of drone strikes in Pakistan since the beginning of the year, and the British newspaper The Guardian has reported that Britain wants to double the number of drones it is using in the region.

The escalation comes as the draw down of NATO troops approaches, with most combat forces due to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

The BBC’s Chris Vallance spoke to three British veterans, including a former drone pilot, about this remote control warfare.


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  • Mtoffgrid

    It is a cowardly way to confront people and societies by having stealth weapons at the ready and never put a boot on the ground. The people who make these things and use them are sociopaths and government drones themselves. Who is to say they are not gojng to use them on us next when they don’t like what we say or do. I have no respect for the folks who make or use these weapons in this manner. We did not have to kill OBL, just bring him to justice, and the fact of how it was done is just sweeping history under the rug, I think they did not want him talking about what actually happened on 9/11. And further, why are we spending money we do not have on “defense” items, cut off the funding now.

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