Drone surveillance and warfare

In this photo taken Monday, April 16, 2018, a U.S. and Niger flag are raised side by side at the base camp for air forces and other personnel supporting the construction of Niger Air Base 201 in Agadez, Niger. On the scorching edge of the Sahara Desert, the U.S. Air Force is building a base for armed drones, the newest front in America's battle against the growing extremist threat in Africa's vast Sahel region. Three hangars and the first layers of a runway command a sandy, barren field. Niger Air Base 201 is expected to be functional early next year. (AP Photo/Carley Petesch)
April 23, 2018 - 5:47 am
AGADEZ, Niger (AP) — On the scorching edge of the Sahara Desert, the U.S. Air Force is building a base for armed drones, the newest front in America's battle against the growing extremist threat in Africa's vast Sahel region. Three hangars and the first layers of a runway command a sandy, barren...
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April 19, 2018 - 9:42 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers want to ban drones from airspace near military bases or prisons. A House subcommittee voted unanimously Thursday for legislation to make flying drones within a certain distance of the facilities a misdemeanor which could cost up to $500 or 30 days in...
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April 14, 2018 - 6:21 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany is close to finalizing a deal that will see the country buy its first weapons-capable drone aircraft — an Israeli designed model — from European aerospace giant Airbus. The deal, worth nearly 900 million euros including training and maintenance costs, has been politically...
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FILE - In this June 7, 2012 file photo, the sun sets over an old Saudi archaeological palace in Al-Diriyah city on the northwestern outskirts of the Saudi capital Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Saudi forces said Wednesday, April 11, 2018 they have intercepted a ballistic missile fired by Yemen's Shiite rebels, directed at the kingdom's capital, Riyadh. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)
April 11, 2018 - 1:38 pm
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia faced a flurry of attempted attacks by Yemen's rebels on Wednesday, with the kingdom's defense forces saying they intercepted missiles that targeted Riyadh and another city, and drones targeting an airport and an Aramco oil facility in the country's south...
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FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2015, file photo, an Air New Zealand passenger plane flies past the moon on its way to the Los Angeles International Airport from London, in Whittier, Calif. When a drone flew within meters of a landing passenger plane on March 25, 2018, Air New Zealand said reckless drone operators should be thrown in prison. Other agencies chimed in, calling such actions inexcusable and stupid. Yet The Associated Press has found that not one of them called police. Not while it was endangering the plane, nor later to try to track down the perpetrator. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)
April 03, 2018 - 6:25 am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — When a drone flew within meters of a landing plane last week, endangering 278 passengers and crew, Air New Zealand responded by saying that such reckless drone operators should be thrown in prison. Other agencies also sounded the public alarm. Air traffic controllers...
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U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrives in Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Mattis said Tuesday he believes victory in Afghanistan is still possible — not necessarily on the battlefield but in facilitating a Taliban reconciliation with the Afghan government. (AP Photo/Robert Burns)
March 15, 2018 - 3:07 am
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Iranian naval forces appear to have deliberately halted their provocations of U.S. Navy ships in the Persian Gulf in recent months, a U.S. military official said Thursday. According to Navy Cmdr. William Urban, spokesman for U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, there have been...
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March 08, 2018 - 4:15 am
DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) — Two missiles fired from a U.S. drone hit a militant facility in neighboring Afghanistan, killing 21 insurgents, including the son of the head of the Pakistani Taliban, two Pakistani intelligence officials and local Taliban commanders said Thursday. The strike,...
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February 27, 2018 - 12:09 pm
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The U.S. military says it has killed two extremists and wounded another in an airstrike against al-Shabab fighters in Somalia. A statement from U.S. Africa Command on Tuesday said the airstrike was carried out Monday near Jilib in Middle Juba region. The U.S. has carried...
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A model of a Wing Loong II weaponized drone hangs above the stand for the China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corp. at a military drone conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. The United Arab Emirates on Sunday opened a stand-alone trade show featuring military drones called the Unmanned Systems Exhibition & Conference, showing the power the weapons have across the Middle East. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
February 25, 2018 - 7:14 am
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Walking through a trade show all about military drones, Emirati officials made a point on Sunday to stop first at a stand run by Chinese officials with a mock armed drone hanging above them. Defense analysts believe that drone, the Wing Loong II, is now being...
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February 22, 2018 - 11:55 am
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The United States military for the second straight day is announcing a drone strike that killed al-Shabab extremists in Somalia. The U.S. Africa Command says the strike on Wednesday killed four "terrorists" near Jamaame in Lower Juba region in the south. The statement says...
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