Category Archives: UK

UK drone and air strikes in 2015 – a look at the data

Nearly half of UK air strikes in Iraq and Syria have been by Reaper drone. Source: UK drone and air strikes in 2015 – a look at the data

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Vodafone reveals extent of government snooping

Vodafone–one of the world’s biggest cellular companies–has revealed the existence of secret wires that allow government agencies to tap customer conversations on its  networks, stating that they are widely used in some of the 29 countries in which it operates … Continue reading

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Criminals use drones to find cannabis dens

Criminals in the UK are piloting their own heat-seeking drones to locate illegal marijuana farms and then either rob or tax them. According to a local newspaper, there has been a huge surge in the number of hidden cannabis farms … Continue reading

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European Parliament condemns covert drone strikes

By a margin of 534 to 49, the European Parliament supported a resolution requiring that EU Member States “do not perpetrate unlawful targeted killings or facilitate such killings by other states”, and called upon them to “oppose and ban practices … Continue reading

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UK drones three times more likely to strike than U.S. in Afghanistan

From the Bureau of Investigative Journalism: British forces have carried out 299 drone strikes in Afghanistan, defence minister Andrew Robathan announced in Parliament yesterday. This is the first time the British government has announced how many drone strikes it has … Continue reading

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More UK soldiers took their own life than Taliban in 2012

On Monday I watched a BBC documentary that investigated the number of suicides among serving and veteran UK soldiers in 2012. Its main finding: last year, 21 serving soldiers and 29 veterans killed themselves. In Afghanistan, the number of UK … Continue reading

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Hundreds protest against new “home” of UK drone operations

Around 400 demonstrators took part in a march from Lincoln to a rally at nearby RAF Waddington, which assumed control of British drone missions in Afghanistan earlier this week. Chris Cole, a coordinator of the Drone Campaign Network, said the … Continue reading

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RAF’s Reaper drones now flown from UK, not US

Armed drone aircraft have been operated remotely from Britain for the first time, the Ministry of Defence has said. It said Reaper drones had flown missions controlled from RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire, where campaign groups have held a protest rally against … Continue reading

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UK-based defense contractor supplies parts to U.S. Predator drone

A major British defence company is supplying the deadly US drone programme, which has killed scores of civilians, leading critics to condemn the UK as complicit in ‘war crimes’. The firm, Cobham plc – which specialises in defence and communications … Continue reading

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First four RAF “drone” pilots

Although the RAF already has drone pilots, the four are the first to be trained specifically to fly unmanned aircraft. Until now, all those operating its drones have been drafted in from other sections of the air force, where they … Continue reading

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