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Drones for Warfare, Welfare or Entertainment?

Mar 12, 2018 | 0 comments


Since drones were first used in an unmanned strike in 2002 in Paktia province, Afghanistan which targeted Osama bin Laden, we have tended to think of their use in warfare. Although that strike was unsuccessful as bin Laden was not there, three al Qaeda operatives were killed. The Bush administration went on to authorize another fifty drone strikes. The Obama administration conducted a total of 506 drone strikes that were piloted by humans hundreds of miles away in American military bases. Pilots were so far removed from the killings that the military term for drone kill was "bug splat." In...

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