Military


Pakistan: US missiles kill 3 militants near Afghan border

FOX News

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan – Pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected U.S. drone strike has hit a militant compound near the Afghan border, killing three militants. Two officials say the unmanned drone fired two missiles at the Ghazni compound of the militant Haqqani network's commander Abdur Rasheed early in the morning on Thursday. The network is affiliated with the Taliban. They said it's unclear if Rasheed was at the compound located on the Pesho Ghar mountain in the Kurram tribal region's Ghuzgari area. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to the media.


3 Questions: Lisa Parks on drones, warfare, and the media

MIT News

Drones have become a common part of warfare -- but their use remains a subject of public contention. Lisa Parks, a professor in MIT's program in Comparative Media Studies/Writing and director of its Global Media Technologies and Cultures Lab, has spent extensive time analyzing this public debate. Now, she has co-edited a new volume examining the subject, while contributing a piece to it herself. The book, "Life in the Age of Drone Warfare," has just been published by Duke University Press. MIT News talked with Parks this week about the impact and public perception of drones.


Tillerson pushes for stronger ties with India while chiding China

The Japan Times

WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Wednesday for the U.S. and India to expand strategic ties. He also pointedly criticized China, which he accused of challenging international norms needed for global stability. Tillerson's remarks on relations between the world's two largest democracies, ahead of his first trip to South Asia as secretary of state, risked endearing Washington to one Asian power while alienating another. Tillerson said the world needed the U.S. and India to have a strong partnership. He said the two nations share goals of security, free navigation, free trade and fighting terrorism in the Indo-Pacific, and serve as "the Eastern and Western beacons" for an international rules-based order that is increasingly under strain.


Suspected U.S. drone strike kills 20 Haqqani militants in Pakistan near Afghan border

The Japan Times

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, PAKISTAN – Pakistani intelligence officials say suspected U.S. missiles have struck a home in the Kurram tribal region, killing 20 militants. Two intelligence officials said missiles fired from a suspected U.S. drone hit a compound in the Mukbal area near the Afghan border Monday evening. They added that it was being used by militants from the Haqqani network and that one of their top commanders, Sangeen Wali, was killed. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief media. The strike comes a day after roadside bombs killed four security troops engaged in a search operation for militants in Kurram.


Pakistan Says Influence With Afghan Taliban Has Diminished

U.S. News

In this Oct. 4, 2017, photo, Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif stands during a meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the State Department in Washington. Pakistan said Oct. 5, its influence over the Taliban has diminished since a U.S. drone strike killed the militant group's leader last year, derailing talks aimed at bringing peace to Afghanistan. Asif said Pakistan wants peace in the neighboring country, and still has some influence over the militant group, "but it's not as much as it used to be." (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) The Associated Press


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

#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.


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.


Should we be scared of Trump's drone reforms?

Al Jazeera

Donald Trump's presidency got off to a bloody start in January, when a special operations forces raid against al-Qaeda in Yemen killed numerous civilians and a US Navy SEAL. The raid was a disaster, but it did not deter the US from launching more attacks using drones and other weapons platforms. In one week earlier this month, the Trump administration conducted about 40 strikes in Yemen, including 25 on a single day. Added to that, there was a drone attack in Pakistan, the first in the country since May 2016. Barack Obama was much criticised for his dramatic escalation of drone strikes in non-battlefield settings such as Pakistan, Yemen, Libya, and Somalia.


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.