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Posts Tagged ‘drone

US Drones and Special Ops ending national sovereignty

February 9, 2012

Make no mistake: we’re entering a new world of military planning. Despite the talk of massive cuts, the Pentagon budget is actually slated to increase through 2017: in the name of Washington’s needs, it will offer a direct challenge to national sovereignty. There will be no more land wars on the Eurasian continent. Instead, greater […]

The evil Iranian menace as projected by George Orwell

December 5, 2011

The U.S. has long had Iran virtually encircled: The American occupation of Afghanistan on Iran’s Eastern border, its invasion of Iraq on its Western border, its NATO ally Turkey hovering on Iran’s Northwestern border, some degree of military relationship with Turkmenistan on Iran’s Northeastern border, and multiple U.S. client states sitting right across the Persian […]

Iran shoots down US drone over Iranian territory

December 5, 2011

Iran’s military on Sunday claimed it shot down a U.S. drone into eastern Iran. State media cited a military official who identified the aircraft as an RQ-170 Sentinel. NATO’s International Security Assistance Force said a U.S. unarmed reconnaissance aircraft was flying a mission over western Afghanistan — which borders Iran — last week when operators […]

A Third American Killed by US Drones

October 19, 2011

In the days before a CIA drone strike killed Anwar al-Awlaki last month, his 16-year-old son ran away from the family home in Yemen’s capital of Sanaa to try to find him, relatives say. When he, too, was killed in a U.S. airstrike Friday, the Awlaki family decided to speak out for the first time […]

The American Drone Empire

October 18, 2011

They increasingly dot the planet. There’s a facility outside Las Vegas [Creech Air Force Base] where “pilots” work in climate-controlled trailers, another at a dusty camp in Africa formerly used by the French Foreign Legion, a third at a big air base in Afghanistan where Air Force personnel sit in front of multiple computer screens, […]

Drone bases throughout the United States

October 18, 2011

Sitting in darkened, air-conditioned rooms 7,500 miles from Afghanistan, drone pilots dressed in flight suits remotely control MQ-9 Reapers and their progenitors, the less heavily-armed MQ-1 Predators. Beside them, sensor operators manipulate the TV camera, infrared camera, and other high-tech sensors on board the plane. Their faces are lit up by digital displays showing video […]

US drone bases throughout the Middle East

October 18, 2011

The Air Force is now negotiating with Turkey to relocate some of the Predator drones still operating in Iraq to the giant air base at Incirlik next year. Elsewhere in the Greater Middle East, according to Aviation Week, the military is launching Global Hawks from Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates, piloted […]

US drone bases in Africa

October 18, 2011

Recently, the headline story, when it comes to the expansion of the empire of drone bases, has been Africa. For the last decade, the U.S. military has been operating out of Camp Lemonier, a former French Foreign Legion base in the tiny African nation of Djibouti. For some time, rumors have also been circulating about […]

US drones kill 85 in Somalia

October 16, 2011

A US drone strike has killed at least 15 civilians and injured dozens of others in the southern region of war-torn Somalia, Press TV reports. This recent strike follows a similar strike in the same region on Friday, which killed at least 70 people. This latest attack, besides leaving at least 15 people dead, injured […]

A Drone Arms Race Coming Soon

October 12, 2011

At the Zhuhai air show in southeastern China last November, Chinese companies startled some Americans by unveiling 25 different models of remotely controlled aircraft and showing video animation of a missile-armed drone taking out an armored vehicle and attacking a United States aircraft carrier. It was stark evidence that the United States’ near monopoly on […]