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Suspected U.S. Drone Strike Targets Militants in Pakistan, Regional Official Says

U.S. News

PARACHINAR/PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - A suspected U.S. drone strike killed three people in the tribal area of Pakistan near the Afghanistan border on Friday, a senior regional official said, in what Afghan Taliban sources say was an attack targeting a Haqqani network militant.


Terminator vs. Real Life; The current state of Unmanned Warfare - SogetiLabs

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All this research has resulted in Drones, Tactical Ground Robots, Unmanned Combat Ground Vehicles (UCGV) and much more functionalities. Well, the Uran-9, as shown above, is an example of an Unmanned Combat Ground Vehicle (UCGV). We don't have registered cases of Lethal Autonomous Robots (LAR) or Autonomous Weapons where the intelligent system selects and the engages on targets without human intervention. In his paper'Ethical Robots in Warfare' Professor Arkin names the pro's and con's of Lethal Autonomous Robots.


Who is Abdul Hasib? Afghan ISIS Leader Killed In Special Forces Operation

International Business Times

Hasib, who had been leading the faction since predecessor Hafiz Saeed Khan died in a U.S. drone strike last year, was believed the architect of several high-profile attacks, including a March 8 attack on Kabul's main military hospital that left dozens of medical staff and patients dead. Two U.S. Army Rangers also died in the attack that killed Hasib, part of an operation that included drone strikes that began in March along the border with Pakistan. The April 27 raid killed 35 ISIS fighters, including several high-ranking commanders. "This successful joint operation is another important step in our relentless campaign to defeat ISIS-K [Islamic State Khorasan] in 2017," the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Nicholson said in a statement from U.S. military headquarters in Kabul.


Terminator vs. Real Life; The current state of Unmanned Warfare - SogetiLabs

#artificialintelligence

All this research has resulted in Drones, Tactical Ground Robots, Unmanned Combat Ground Vehicles (UCGV) and much more functionalities. Well, the Uran-9, as shown above, is an example of an Unmanned Combat Ground Vehicle (UCGV). We don't have registered cases of Lethal Autonomous Robots (LAR) or Autonomous Weapons where the intelligent system selects and the engages on targets without human intervention. In his paper'Ethical Robots in Warfare' Professor Arkin names the pro's and con's of Lethal Autonomous Robots.


The game that makes drone warfare personal

Engadget

Killbox is a game that creates humans out of brightly colored 3D shapes, only to slaughter them in the most dehumanizing way: a drone strike. This player cruises along pathways to collect tiny white motes that emit a pleasant sound whenever the 3D ball rolls over them. Larger pear-shaped creatures wander around the area, changing colors with an adorable sound every time the player's tiny sphere runs into them. This point is solidified when the player acting as the UAV operator realizes that there was actually another player on the other side of the screen, rolling around the village, collecting white motes.


Militants sneak into Indian army base and mow down sleeping soldiers in Kashmir, killing 17

Los Angeles Times

The four assailants, who also threw grenades that caused tents and temporary shelters to catch fire at the army brigade headquarters at Uri, were killed in a gun battle with security forces that lasted six hours, authorities said. Just last Christmas, Modi visited Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at his home in Pakistan in what was seen as a confidence-building move ahead of negotiations between the country's top diplomats. Bayer buying Monsanto, Uber's self-driving cars, Cup of noodles is changing its recipe, new battle over child vaccination, an Emmys preview, the new Chevy Bolt, Ryan Lochte's "Dancing with the Stars" premiere gets overshadowed by protesters. Bayer buying Monsanto, Uber's self-driving cars, Cup of noodles is changing its recipe, new battle over child vaccination, an Emmys preview, the new Chevy Bolt, Ryan Lochte's "Dancing with the Stars" premiere gets overshadowed by protesters.


Islamic State faces uphill 'branding war' in Afghanistan, Pakistan

The Japan Times

ISLAMABAD – The U.S. drone strike that killed the Islamic State group's commander for Afghanistan and Pakistan was the latest blow to the Middle East-led movement's ambitions to expand into a region where the long-established Taliban remain the dominant Islamist force. With literally dozens of loosely allied Islamist groups operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the region is ripe for a ready-made switch of allegiances. Both the Taliban and Islamic State have also been pummeled by U.S. drone strikes and Afghan security forces offensives in Nangarhar -- including the one that killed Khan. This prompts them to make the trip to the Middle East to join ISIS," Kugelman said.


Drone kills Islamic State leader for Afghanistan and Pakistan, U.S. says

The Japan Times

WASHINGTON/PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN – The leader of the Islamic State group's branch in Afghanistan and Pakistan was killed in a U.S. drone strike on July 26, a Pentagon spokesman said on Friday after the Afghan ambassador to Pakistan announced the news to Reuters. "I can confirm that ISIS Khurasan (Afghanistan and Pakistan) leader Hafiz Saeed Khan, along with his senior commanders and fighters, died in a U.S. drone strike on July 26 in Kot district of Afghanistan's Nangharhar province," he said. Pentagon spokesman Gordon Trowbridge confirmed Khan's death and said in a statement that the airstrike took place during joint operations by U.S. and Afghan special operations forces against IS in the southern part of Nangarhar province. Afghan forces, backed by the American military, killed an estimated 300 Islamic State fighters in an operation mounted two weeks ago, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan said on Wednesday, calling it a severe blow to the group.


Pakistan says school attack mastermind killed by US drone

U.S. News

In this Dec. 17, 2014 file photo, a Pakistan army soldier inspects the Army Public School that was attacked a day before by Taliban gunmen, in Peshawar, Pakistan. The Pakistani army said Wednesday, July 13, 2016 that the mastermind of the 2014 attack on an army-run school has been killed in a U.S. drone strike. A Pakistani military spokesman says that a U.S. Army general confirmed the death of Taliban leader Khalifa Umar Mansoor in a phone call to Pakistan's army chief.


McCain assures Pakistan as senators visit past al-Qaida stronghold

The Japan Times

ISLAMABAD – A U.S. Senate delegation paid a rare visit Sunday to a tribal region along the Afghanistan border that has long been considered a stronghold of al-Qaida, the Taliban and other insurgents. The delegation led by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. McCain posted pictures on his Twitter account of the delegation visiting Pakistani helicopter pilots at an air base in Miram Shah. McCain expressed support for Pakistan's efforts in the fight against the Taliban after visiting the key tribal district recently retaken by the military, the Pakistani foreign ministry said Sunday. "Good delegation mtg w/ Chief of Army Staff of #Pakistan Gen Raheel Sharif & discussing regional security challenges," McCain said on his verified Twitter account, also posting photos of the delegation's visit to Waziristan.