Islamic Jihad Investigations: Israeli Drone Entered Abu Al-Atta Flat Just before His Assassination

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November 13, 2019

An article posted by i24news mentioned the investigations, done by the Islamic Jihad resistance movement in Gaza into the assassination of the military commander Baha Abu Al-Atta, revealed the entrance of an Israeli drone to the bedroom of his apartment few minutes before the attack.

The report added that the Zionist drone entered Abu Al-Atta’s apartment to accurately check the presence of the target and transmitted images to the command few minutes just before it exploded, causing a light damage.

Few moments later, a warplane fired two missiles at the bedroom (of Abu Al-Atta’s apartment), destroying it completely, according to the report which added that the Israeli drones had always monitored the house before the assassination and that the martyr entered his house half an hour before the assassination.

Shin Bet chief Nadav Argaman boasted, during a joint press conference with the Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and the Cjief of Staff Aviv Kochavi, that the enemy forces managed to reach even the bed of the martyr Abu Al-Atta.

It is worth noting that Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah had warned against the threat posed by the Israeli drone violations, vowing to confront this danger.

Sayyed Nasrallah’s remarks came in response to an Israeli drone attack on Beirut’s southern suburb (Dahiyeh) on August 25, 2019.

An Israeli drone come down in Dahiyeh’s Mouawwad neighborhood at 1:00 a.m. on Sunday (August 25, 2019), and another exploded in the same area half an hour later. The attack caused damage to Hezbollah’s Media Relations office which is located in the area.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

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Drones and Jets: The ‘Brazenness’ Belongs to Israel

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By Brenda Heard

“Iran brazenly violated Israel’s sovereignty,” stated Netanyahu on 10 February. “They dispatched an Iranian drone from Syrian territory into Israel.”

In response to this alleged reconnaissance drone, which the Israeli military characterized as a “serious Iranian attack on Israeli territory,” Israel promptly bombed twelve Syrian and Iranian targets in Syria.

A vagueness persists about the alleged drone. Iran stated the claim was “baseless” and “ridiculous.” The US called the drone “provocative.” Israel noted that it waited for the drone to enter its territory and “chose where to bring it down,” just ninety seconds later. Some sources indicate it was over Beit Shean, some say over the Golan. While the drone caused no damage, Israeli airstrikes killed six people.

At the Munich Security Conference a week later, Netanyahu underscored his indignation: “[Iran’s] brazenness reached new heights, literally new heights. It sent a drone into Israeli territory, violating Israel’s sovereignty, threatening our security. We destroyed that drone and the control center that operated it from Syria.” He then portrayed Israel as the innocent victim under threat, characterising the alleged drone as an “act of aggression.”

Talk about brazen.

Let us recall that in August 2014 it was Israel’s drone that was shot down in Iranian territory. While Israeli media reported that the “device looks like a kind of UAV used by the Israeli military,” all sources agree with Reuters’ observation: “Israel has always declined comment on such accusations.” ­Did the Netanyahu-labelled “tyrants of Tehran” respond as Israel has just done? Did Iran retaliate by sending fighter jets into Israel? Absolutely not. Instead, Iran did what it was meant to do as a cooperative member of the international community. It verbally  condemned the affront; it reported it to the IAEA (INFCIRC/867) and to the UN Security Council (S/2014/641). The IAEA merely circulated the complaint to member states, and the world ignored the brazenness of Israel.

Let us recall that in August 2011 it was a US drone that was shot down in Iranian territory. Somehow this was not “provocative,” but was rather, as then-current and former officials said, “part of an increasingly aggressive intelligence collection program aimed at Iran,” encouraged by “public debate in Israel.” This 2011 drone is even flaunted in current Israeli media, noting the US “initially denied the incident but eventually acknowledged the loss.” A bit brazen, wouldn’t you say?

Let us recall Israel’s unconscionable use of air power, including drones, over Occupied Palestine. Seen as “near continual surveillance and intermittent death raining down from the sky,” its decades-long aerial persecution of the Palestinians epitomises brazenness.

Lastly, let us recall Lebanon. Since the 1960s, Israel has routinely occupied Lebanese skies. This flagrant defiance of international law is a matter of record. Lebanon has issued numerous formal complaints with the UN—to no avail. Lebanese skies are violated virtually daily by a combination of helicopters, reconnaissance aircraft, and two, four or eight Israeli warplanes. They fly through all regions of Lebanon, including over UNIFIL territory, over Beirut, and over the Ba‘abda Presidential Palace. The Israeli overflights might just spy, or they might create sonic booms, or they might fire flares, or they might fly round-the-clock shifts so that there are always one or two Israeli aircraft in the skies of Lebanon. Or they might fly through Lebanese airspace to bomb Syria.

A recent UN Security Council Report states:

“Israel continued to violate Lebanese airspace on a daily basis, in violation of resolution 1701 (2006) and Lebanese sovereignty. From 1 July to 30 October [2017], UNIFIL recorded 758 air violations, totalling 3,188 overflight hours, an increase of 80 per cent compared with the same period in 2016.”

This was, of course, despite the Security Council’s previously reiterated call for “Israel to cease immediately its overflights of Lebanese airspace.” But, then again, that call has been reiterated by the UN for decades. Extraordinary brazenness.

It has been argued that Israel should not be bound by Resolution 1701 because Hezbollah has remained armed. Such an argument is simply making excuses for Israel’s belligerent conduct. It should be noted that:

1)      UN Resolutions do not subscribe to the all-or-none approach; they specify obligations to each party separately. 

2)      Israeli overflights in Lebanese airspace are in direct violation of the 1949 Armistice, which forbids Israel to “enter into or pass through the air space” of Lebanon, clarifying specifically “for any purpose whatsoever.”

3)      Prior to the formation of the Hezbollah Resistance there were already 28 Security Council Resolutions condemning Israel’s aggressions against Lebanon. Since at least 1972—a decade before Hezbollah—UNSC Resolution 316 called onIsrael specifically “to desist forthwith from any violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Lebanon.”

4)      Resolution 1701 states that prohibitions on weaponry “shall not apply to arms, related material, training or assistance authorized by the Government of Lebanon or by UNIFIL.”  This authorization is indeed expressed, as is custom, in the 2016 Ministerial Statement of the Government, which emphasises the right of Lebanese citizens to resist the Israeli occupation and to respond to its aggression. As President Aoun, a former Army General, explained: “Hizbullah’s arms do not contradict with the State and are an essential component of the means to defend Lebanon.”

With 552 violations of Lebanese airspace in 2016, Israel has exhibited extreme brazenness. With 805 violations in the ten months of 2017 that have been officially reported, Israel has surely forfeited the right to stand in judgement. Fifty years of consistent air violations in Lebanon and Palestine. And Netanyahu calls Iran “brazen” for ninety seconds?

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Brenda Heard is author of Hezbollah: An Outsider’s Inside View. You can visit her website at FriendsofLebanon.org and also at InsideHezbollah.com

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Zionist Entity on Alert: Hezbollah in Possession of Extremely Dangerous Drones

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Zionists have been alarmed by Hezbollah’s growing military capabilities, with Israeli media saying that the Lebanese resistance movement is now in possession of a cheap and dangerous drones.

Israeli website Ynet reported on Thursday that Hezbollah has added to its newest weapon to its arsenal, noting that this development is ” one of the most worrying things to the West.”

“Unlike other drones Hezbollah has sent into Israel… (Hezbollah) uploaded a video showing that it is now in possession of extremely cheap and dangerous drones,” the Israeli media outlet said.Hezbollah drone used in Aleppo

The last week’s clip showed Chinese-produced cluster munitions being shot from the UAVon the outskirts of Aleppo, Ynet said.

It quoted the Daily Beast as saying that this UAV ” differs dramatically from its predecessors,” noting that although ” it is capable of carrying much smaller loads of ammunition, it is significantly cheaper and lighter to operate.  “

In 2004, Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah promised that the Mirsad drone would be able to penetrate deep into the occupied territories while carrying 100kg of ammunition. Two years after this he carried through with his promise and launched three Ababil UAVs.

Mirsad drones and the Ababil drones are strategic weapons for Hezbollah, Ynet said, noting that they are intended to cross borders and pose fear into Israeli cities.

“However, the UAV Hezbollah showed in Aleppo is a tactical weapon. Commercial UVAs are able to fly limited distances while carrying only several kilograms of ammunition. But not only are they cheap, they are also extremely accurate in launching explosions. “

According to the Daily Beast, the Pentagon estimates that each UAV can cost as little as $200 and will be used by Hezbollah in other combat fields.

Meanwhile on Thursday, Lebanese daily al-Akhbar published an article entitled “Hezbollah on the ground and in the air: from ambush to Galilee”

The article which is meant to demonstrate Hezbollah’s new upgraded systems, features an interview with a senior commander who discussed the changes within the resistance movement since July War in 2006.

“After the victory in 2006, we were asked to change our offensive systems and to prepare for what the Israelis fear the most—our infiltration into the Galilee,” the official said.

Source: Israeli Media

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Drone Enters Israeli Airspace From Syria; Israelis Fail to Intercept It

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On Sunday, a Syrian [Hezbollah] drone penetrated Israeli airspace, evading two Patriot anti-air interceptors and possibly an F-16 air-to-air missile in the process.

A spokesman for the Israeli military claimed that the Israeli Air Force detected the unarmed aerial vehicle (UAV) before it violated airspace over Golan Heights. The Air Force released a statement on July 17 saying that the vehicle was being tracked, but that three attempts to intercept it had failed.

“The aircraft was detected prior to entering the nation’s territory and was fully tracked by the Israel Air Force,” according to the statement. “From the initial investigation, it was found that three intercept attempts took place as per procedure. No hit of the target was identified.”

The circumstances surrounding the attempted intercepts and the kind of UAV are both being investigated.

“Today’s event was a glimpse of things to come in the event of a major conflict,” said Tal Inbar of the Fisher Institute for Strategic Air and Space Studies. Inbar feels that Sunday’s incident shows that Israeli skies aren’t as secure as the military thinks they are.

 “In future conflicts, it will be a huge challenge for even the most advanced air defenses to discriminate from all the types of vehicles that will fill the skies,” he said.
“When the skies will be full of incoming rockets, missiles and air breathing threats, and when our own Iron Dome and David’s Sling interceptors will be saturating the skies, it’s hard to imagine the Israel Air Force allocating manned aircraft to shoot down incoming UAVs.”
 The task of securing Israel’s airspace falls to Wing 168, a ground-based system of the service’s integrated air-defense network that operates Patriot PAC-2 interceptors, and F-16 air defense fighters.

Prior to 2014, the Patriot missiles were junior partners to IAF troops in joint intercept missions against airborne attacks. In the summer of 2014, Wing 168 Patriot missiles intercepted three UAVs, destroying them in midair, one near the Syrian border and two from Gaza.

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America’s Drone Wars: Uprooting Terrorism? Or Trimming Its Branches?

 

July 4, 2016 (Ulson Gunnar – NEO) – The Washington Post in its recent article, “How Obama went from reluctant warrior to drone champion,” attempts to address the White House’s recent claims regarding civilian casualties resulting from US drone strikes since 2009.

The article points out that while the US officially claims “between 64 and 116” civilians have been killed, it also includes estimates from various think-tanks and pro-war propaganda outlets admitting to at least 200-300 civilian deaths.

However, even these numbers are conservatively low, and in the Washington Post’s attempt to “check” White House numbers, it itself appears to be attempting to downplay the full scale of America’s global drone operations, portraying it as a perhaps ill-fated but honest attempt to target and eliminate dangerous terrorists. However, it is anything but, and the “numbers game” is merely a distraction from this fact.

Leaked US Documents Reveal Drones Seek to Create, Not Stop Terror 

It was revealed by the Intercept through leaked US government documents that civilians may account for as much as 90% of all casualties from drone strikes. In its first article in a long series detailing America’s drone operations titled, “The Assassination Complex,” it reports:

…documents detailing a special operations campaign in northeastern Afghanistan, Operation Haymaker, show that between January 2012 and February 2013, U.S. special operations airstrikes killed more than 200 people. Of those, only 35 were the intended targets. During one five-month period of the operation, according to the documents, nearly 90 percent of the people killed in airstrikes were not the intended targets. In Yemen and Somalia, where the U.S. has far more limited intelligence capabilities to confirm the people killed are the intended targets, the equivalent ratios may well be much worse.

And upon viewing the leaked Operation Haymaker documents, it becomes clear that America’s drone operations in Afghanistan have admittedly very little tactical value in eliminating specific “terrorists,” and the actual “benefits” noted amid these operations is instead the perpetuation of terror, fear and sociopolitical division in targeted areas, including among civilian populations.

Considering these noted “benefits,” high civilian casualty rates of up to 90% makes sense. If the goal is to simply instill fear, it doesn’t matter who dies, just as long as someone does.
First Priority: Smashing Resistance, Not Stopping Terrorists 

It should be remembered that nations like Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, and Pakistan are home to fiercely independent networks of localized tribes.

These tribes, particularly in Yemen or Afghanistan, refuse to recognize the authority of US-installed client governments and their existence not only undermines central government authority, they pose a direct threat to its continued existence.

This helps explain another aspect of America’s drone operations that have left the general public occasionally outraged but mostly confused. That is, the propensity of drones striking weddings.
In Western culture, weddings are generally a family affair with little to do with the actual community they take place in. In traditional cultures like Yemen and Afghanistan, weddings are a central community affair. Beyond just friends and family, everyone from the community participates, with various local religious, educational, political and even military leaders attending or even presiding over the event.

It is difficult to believe that drone operators would target a wedding even if a specific, high value terrorist target was present, understanding the full scope of collateral damage that would occur. In fact, in a 2013 speech at the National Defense University, US President Barack Obama would explicitly claim:

And before any strike is taken, there must be near-certainty that no civilians will be killed or injured — the highest standard we can set. 

Considering this, it is likely such operations, certain to incur civilian deaths, are instead approved of for the specific purpose of obliterating the very source of a targeted community’s strength and independence, leaving local people reeling, leaderless and at the mercy of the central government Washington has installed into power.

In other words, the US is not necessarily “hunting terrorists,” it is eliminating resistance to the political order it is attempting to reach into targeted nations with.

Uprooting Terrorism, or Merely Trimming Its Branches? 

Nevertheless, the US is also undoubtedly conducting targeted assassinations as well. It can identify and eliminate specific individuals with high precision when it desires to do so, lending further credence to theories that high civilian casualties are likely a matter of intentional policy rather than merely inevitable “collateral damage.”

However, for many geopolitical analysts, drone-borne assassinations should immediately raise questions revolving around the face-value wisdom of targeting individuals who have proven easily replaced over the years by a seemingly endless supply of terrorists and terrorist leaders.

The targets the US is eliminating have no impact on terrorist finance, logistics or military capabilities. In fact, throughout the Intercepts reports, citing US government documents, it is noted over and over again that America’s drone operations have done little to degrade the capabilities of terrorist organizations.

This is particularly suspicious considering the US has created what is essentially the global industrialization of drone-borne assassinations with drone bases dotting Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia along with huge networks of both conventional and covert military force to both facilitate and augment drone strikes. But a lack of any discernible impact on terror despite this industrialized killing-machine is only suspicious if one assumes that the US actually endeavors to stop terrorism with it.

So what is the US actually doing and why isn’t the US instead attempting to identify and target the very source of the terrorism it claims to be fighting globally?

If Terrorism is a Garden, America is the Gardener… 

If we liken terrorism to a large weed, we can compare America’s drone wars to merely trimming its branches rather than digging it up by the root to completely destroy it. This would indicate that the US’ goal is not to destroy terrorism, but rather guide its growth along a specific, desired path.

The self-titled “Islamic State” (IS) and Al Qaeda before it, operate a global network and are currently waging war on multiple fronts. What amount of weapons, money, political support and transnational logistical arrangements must exist to support warfare stretching across North Africa, engulfing the Levant, creeping across Afghanistan and even attempting to take root in Southeast Asia?

In Afghanistan during the 1980s it is now common knowledge that Al Qaeda waged war with explicit US and Saudi support. Evidence reveals Al Qaeda likewise participated in US-NATO backed hostilities in Serbia during the 1990s. And today, it is clear that Al Qaeda and IS are both the recipients of immense state sponsorship in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan and beyond. There is no other explanation as to how either organization has sustained full-scale war against the combined armed forces of Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Iran and Russia in the Levant alone, saying nothing of IS’ military operations in Libya or Afghanistan.

The US and its allies claim to be arming, funding and training only “moderates” but it is clear that these “moderates” do not exist in any significant capacity upon the battlefield. And in the rare instances they are apparent, they are quite literally fighting within the ranks of Al Qaeda and IS.

To truly stop terrorism, the US would need to strike at the very source of their arms, cash and political support. Since it is clear that this source resides in Riyadh, Amman, Ankara, Doha and even Washington itself, it is obvious why the scourge of terrorism appears “unstoppable.”  

It has been and still clearly is the policy of the United States and its allies to use terrorism as a geopolitical tool. It serves the duel purpose of serving as a pretext for Western military intervention, as well as a mercenary force with inexhaustible ranks used to fight the West’s enemies where Western armies cannot intervene.

The Purpose of Trimming Branches… 

But a massive global network comprised of heavily armed, deeply indoctrinated and incredibly dangerous men and subsidiary organizations are bound to need “trimming.” Groups may take their US-Saudi-funded madras programming and training too far, operating beyond the mandates set forth by their state-sponsors and thus require liquidation.

The Washington Post, if nothing else, rightly concludes in its above-mentioned article that:

As president, [Barack Obama] promised to end America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since taking office, he has cut the number of U.S. troops deployed to war zones around the world from 180,000 to fewer than 15,000. 

The wars, however, have not ended. Instead, Obama, through a reliance on drones and special operators, has succeeded in making them nearly invisible.

It is clear that not only have the wars not ended, they have expanded, if not in terms of US troops involved, in terms of where the US is involved through this army of “irregular troops” it cultivates. The wars are not meant to end, but to perpetuate themselves, devouring one nation and leading to a pretext to begin undermining, dividing and destroying the next. The US has created for itself an open-ended pretext to remain “engaged” globally across multiple continents militarily and geopolitically.

Washington could not do so without the threat of terror ever-looming, the ranks of terrorist organizations seemingly bottomless and its ability to surgically “remove” elements from this weed of terrorism it is cultivating in order to get it to creep in the direction US policymakers and special interests desire.

The world is beginning to realize that if a drone could ever truly end terrorism, it would need to fly above Washington or Riyadh, and until it does, the US will never “uproot” terrorism, but merely trim its branches as it carefully cultivates its growth toward strangling the planet.

Ulson Gunnar, a New York-based geopolitical analyst and writer especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.

Meet The New Sniper Golem

February 03, 2016  /  Gilad Atzmon

By Gilad Atzmon

In Jewish tradition the Golem is a robot created by the Jews to serve the chosen people and their tribal interests.

The best known story of the Golem is of Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel, called the Maharal of Prague  (1513-1609). It is said that the Maharalcreated a Golem out of clay to protect the Jews from blood libel and to help Jews comply with requirements for physical labour.

The Golem has made it to Israel.  By now, the Palestinians are accustomed to being watched constantly by a score of Israeli flying Golem or ‘kosher drones.’

Yesterday we learned that the World Zionist Organization (WZO) has invested in a new cyber Golem designed to spy on all of us. Sniper, the new Golem will scan the net using a new algorithm, looking for anti-Jewish content.

The new Golem will search for certain keywords in different languages. A crew of WZO members will monitor the results, and react immediately. Once an offender is detected, the WZO will either contact authorities in the offending party’s country or, alternatively, send a flying Golem to track the suspected Jew hater.

The Sniper Golem “will create deterrence,” say the entrepreneurs behind it, “it won’t be so easy to publish a status calling for the murder of Jews.”

In my years of activity as a writer and researcher I have never come across a single ‘status’ calling for the ‘murder of Jews.’ This appears to be a severe manifestation of collective Jewish pre Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PRE TSD) hovering on the verge of psychosis.

The new Golem is set for launch on Sunday, during a WZO conference aimed at combating anti-Semitism in the modern era, which will be attended by Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon and Knesset Speaker MK Yuli Edelstein. In short, if you planned to publish a ‘murderous status’, hurry up, only three days left.

Relief: US and UK have spied on Israeli army for 18 years

By Gilad Atzmon

 For the last two decades some of us have insisted that the Jewish State is a prime threat to world peace. Apparently, we weren’t alone. The American and British military elite reached the same conclusion.

Now we learn that 18 years ago the U.S. and British intelligence services cracked Israel’s encryption for communication between fighter jets, drones and army bases and they have been spying on Israel ever since. The information was reported Friday by The Intercept and the German newspaper Der Spiegel based on documents revealed by whistle blower Edward Snowden.

Aware of its own danger to world peace, Israel said Friday it was disappointed but not surprised by the revelations. According to the reports, breaking Israel’s drone encryption allowed Britain and the United States to view images and videos broadcast to Israel Defense Force commands during drone operations in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and near the Jewish state’s northern border. This revelation suggests that America and British encryption technology is almost as advanced as the Taliban who have been intercepting American and British drone communication for some time. So maybe we are safe after all.

U.S. Air Force drone-operators expose the crimes of their murderer regime

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Michael Haas, Brandon Bryant, Cian Westmoreland and Stephen Lewis, the four U.S. veteran whistleblowers who served as drone operators in the US Air Force


The U.S. Government failed to deter them through threats of criminal prosecution, and clumsy attempts to intimidate their families.

Now four former Air Force drone operators-turned-whistleblowers have had their credit cards and bank accounts frozen, according to human rights attorney Jesselyn Radack.


 


“My drone operators went public this week and now their credit cards and bank accounts are frozen,” Radack lamented on her Twitter feed (the spelling of her post has been conventionalized). This was done despite the fact that none of them has been charged with a criminal offense – but this is a trivial formality in the increasingly Sovietesque American National Security State.

Michael Haas, Brandon Bryant, Cian Westmoreland and Stephen Lewis, who served as drone operators in the US Air Force, have gone public with detailed accounts of the widespread corruption and institutionalized indifference to civilian casualties that characterize the program.

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Some of those disclosures were made in the recent documentary Drone; additional details have been provided in an open letter from the whistleblowers to President Obama, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, and CIA Director John Brennan.

“We are former Air Force service members,” the letter begins.
“We joined the Air Force to protect American lives and to protect our Constitution. We came to the realization that the innocent civilians we were killing only fueled the feelings of hatred that ignited terrorism and groups like ISIS, while also serving as a fundamental recruiting tool similar to Guantanamo Bay. This administration and its predecessors have built a drone program that is one of the most devastating driving forces for terrorism and destabilization around the world.”


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Elsewhere the former drone operators have described how their colleagues dismissed children as “fun-sized terrorists” and compared killing them to“cutting the grass before it grows too long.”

Children who live in countries targeted by the drone program are in a state of constant terror, according to Westmoreland: “There are 15-year-olds growing up who have not lived a day without drones overhead, but you also have expats who are watching what’s going on in their home countries and seeing regularly the violations that are happening there, and that is something that could radicalize them.”

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“fun-sized terrorists”…

By reliable estimates, ninety percent of those killed in drone strikes are entirely harmless people, making the program a singularly effective method of producing anti-American terrorism.

“We kill four and create ten,” Bryant said during a November 19 press conference, referring to potential terrorists. “If you kill someone’s father, uncle or brother who had nothing to do with anything, their families are going to want revenge.”

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Haas explained that the institutional culture of the drone program emphasized and encouraged the dehumanization of the targeted populations.

“There was a much more detached outlook about who these people were we were monitoring,” he recalled. “Shooting was something to be lauded and something we should strive for.”

Unable to repress his conscience or choke down his moral disgust, Haas took refuge in alcohol and drug abuse, which he says is predictably commonplace among drone operators. At least a half-dozen members of his unit were using bath salts and could be found “impaired” while on duty, Haas testifies.

Among the burdens Bryant now bears is the knowledge that he participated in the mission that killed a fellow U.S. citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki. Identified as a radical cleric and accused of offering material support for al-Qaeda, al-Awlaki was executed by a drone strike in Yemen. His 16-year-old son, Abdulrahman, was killed in a separate drone strike a few weeks later while sitting down to dinner at the home of a family friend. Asked about the killing of a native-born U.S. citizen – who, at age 16, was legally still a child – former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs appeared to justify that act by blaming it on the irresponsibility of the innocent child’s father.

As Bryant points out, as a matter of law the elder al-Awlaki was innocent, as well.

“We were told that al-Awlaki deserved to die, he deserved to be killed as a traitor, but article 3 of section 2 of the U.S. Constitution states that even a traitor deserves a fair trial in front of a jury of his peers,” Bryant notes, lamenting that his role in the “targeted killing” of a U.S. citizen without a trial was a violation of his constitutional oath.

Investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill has produced evidence suggesting that the White House-approved killing of Anwar al-Awlaki’s son may have been carried out as retaliation against the family for refusing to cooperate in the search for the cleric. There are indications that the government has tried to intimidate the whistleblowers by intimidating their families.

In October, while Brandon Bryant was preparing to testify about the drone program before a German parliamentary committee, his mother LanAnn received a visit in her Missoula, Montana home from two representatives of the Air Force’s Office of Special Investigations. The men claimed that her personal information was in the hands of the Islamic State, which had placed her name on a “hit list.” She was also told not to share that disclosure with anyone – a directive she promptly ignored by informing Ms. Radack, who represents Brandon and the other whistleblowers.

According to Radack, a very similar episode occurred last March in which the stepparent of another whistleblower received a nearly identical visit from agents of the Air Force OSI.

“This is the US government wasting taxpayer dollars trying to silence, intimidate and shut up people. It’s a very amateurish way to shut up a whistleblower … by intimidating and scaring their parents. This would be laughable if it weren’t so frightening.”

Given the role played by the U.S. government in fomenting, equipping, and abetting the growth of ISIS, such warnings have to be perceived as credible, albeit, indirect death threats.

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Iraqi popular forces shot down DAESH’s Israeli-made spy drone in Fallujah

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Iraqi Forces Shoot Down ISIL’s Israeli-Made Spy Drone in Western Iraq

(FNA, 19/7/2015) ~ Iraqi volunteer forces announced on Sunday that they have shot down a drone that was spying on the Arab country’s security forces in the city of Fallujah, Western Iraq.

Iraq’s popular forces reported that they have brought down a hostile surveillance aircraft over the Southeastern Fallujah in Anbar Province.

They said that the wreckage of the ISIL’s spy drone carried ‘Israel-Made’ labels.

No further detail has yet been released on the incident.

This was not the first Israeli-made drone downed in Iraq.

In August an Israeli Hermes drone was shot down in the vicinity of Baghdad Airport, the second such loss in less than three days after another Israeli pilotless drone of the same model was shot down by Iranian troops in the Central parts of the country.

The Arabic-language Al-Mayadeen TV channel reported that an Israeli drone crashed near Baghdad Airport, adding that the unmanned aircraft was a Hermes Model.

FNA correspondent in Baghdad reported that the US embassy security staff rushed to the crash site and collected the debris and the remains of the downed Israeli drone.

This was the third drone loss by the Israeli army in one month. The first drone was shot down by Palestinians in Gaza a few weeks earlier.

Iran’s ally, the Hezbollah Movement, has shot down several Israeli drones in Southern Lebanon in the last few years.

A former US military official, who asked to remain unnamed, said Iran’s forces or its technology and weapons systems are present in several countries across the region, and the repeated downing of the same model of drones became meaningful to Israeli army analysts.

“Following the IDF decision, all Hermes missions will be halted in skies over Iran, Iraq, Syria, Palestinian territories and Lebanon,” he told FNA in August.

A few days earlier in August, Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) announced in a statement that it had shot down a similar Israeli drone near the highly sensitive nuclear enrichment facility in Natanz in Central Iran.

The IRGC Public Relations Department said in the statement that the Israeli pilotless aircraft was a radar-evading, stealth drone with the mission to spy on Iran’s Natanz nuclear enrichment plant.

Then in December 2015, Syria intercepted an Israeli spy drone in the province of Quneitra near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

“The drone was on a spying mission above the town of Hadar when it was shot down,” the Syrian television said.

The Syrian military sources noted that the Israeli drone was a Skylark I.

Quneitra has seen heavy fighting between forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and rebels including al-Qaeda-linked fighters.

Israel has struck Syria several times since the start of the latter’s nearly four-year war on terrorist groups.

Skylark I is a small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by Israel’s Elbit Systems Company.

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The UK’s indiscriminate drone strikes in Afghanistan more serious than first thought

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Finally revealed: UK drone strikes in Afghanistan by province

More than three years after first submitting a Freedom of Information request, the UK Ministry of Defence has finally told us in which Afghan provinces UK drones strikes took place.

Although there is no detail on the number of strikes within each province, the MoD reveals that UK drones strikes occurred in 16 out of Afghan’s 33 provinces between May 2008 and November 2014.  Full statistical details of UK drone operations in Afghanistan compiled from Freedom of Information requests and other public information is available here. The MoD stresses that the final UK drone mission in Afghanistan was completed on 15 November 2014.

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The geographical distribution of the UK strikes is wider than we suspected – covering the whole southern half of Afghanistan as well as Eastern provinces. For the vast majority of the time there were five or less Reapers being flown. It was only in July 2014, just four months before the last UK drone flight, that the additional five Reapers, ordered in December 2010, came into operation.

Given the relatively small number of UK armed drones that were in operation, compared to the much larger US drone fleet, we expected that the UK’s Reaper missions would be either totally or mainly within Helmand Province where UK forces were deployed. As ministers have repeatedly insisted, UK armed Reapers are a “force protection capability.”  We certainly did not expect to see, for instance, UK Reapers had undertaken strikes in provinces adjacent to Waziristan, scene of much covert US drone activity.

We asked Chris Woods, who has tracked US drone activity for many years and is the author of Sudden Justice, a new book on the drone wars to be released later this month, what he thought of this new information. Chris told us:

“Britain’s Reapers were not just tasked to British areas of responsibility but were available for missions across ISAF’s entire area of command. So it’s perhaps not surprising to see that the Reapers operated in practically every province in which there were heavy concentrations of Taliban. That said it’s particularly interesting to see that the RAF’s Reapers were operating so close to Waziristan at times – since strikes in those regions of Afghanistan have always been attributed to the US until now.”

To be clear the UK have always insisted that (up until were deployed to the Middle East for operation in Iraq and Syria) UK Reapers only operated in support of coalition ground forces in Afghanistan.

We will continue to pursue further information on the day-to-day use of armed drones in order to get a better understanding of how these weapon systems are changing the nature of warfare.

 

Iran’s New ‘Suicidal’ Bomb

 By Gilad Atzmon

Gen. Ahmad Reza Pourdastan, the Iranian army’s chief commander of ground forces, described today the new Iranian drone as a ‘mobile bomb.’ According to Iranian state media,  ‘Yasir’ is a flying bomb, designed to strike air, ground and naval targets.

I am delighted by the news and congratulate the Iranian engineers and military industry. Iranian advanced technology is needed in order to deter Israel from celebrating its genocidal inclinations.

However, the Israelis label the new Iranian bomb a ‘suicidal drone,’  no less no more.  I would like to grasp what the Israeli media means when it tags a bomb ‘suicidal’? Does it leave a note before it plunges into an IDF’s headquarter? Are IDF’s guided missiles targeting Palestinian family homes also suicidal bombs? Do the Israelis expect the new Iranian drone to ‘knock on the roof’ just before it goes off?  Or is a bomb becoming suicidal only when it is set to hit a Jewish strategic target

 

Iran successfully test-fly US Drone replica

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On Monday, Iran’s IRGC announced that its Aerospace Force engineers have successfully tested by flying within Iranian space the American version of the RQ-170 drone with the capability of bombing and reconnaissance missions.

As we promised earlier this year, a test flight of the Iranian version of the RQ-170 was carried out and a video will be released soon,” said Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, head of Aerospace division. Iran has displayed the model in May 2014.

IRGC has said it managed to reverse-engineer the RQ-170 Sentinel, broughtdown safely on December 4, 2011 after it entered Iranian airspace from neighboring Afghanistan, and that it’s capable of launching its own production line for the unmanned aircraft.

In October 2012, Lebanese Islamic Resistance militia, Hizbullah, sent an Iranian-designed but assembled in Lebanon drone over Israeli space. It flew nearly for three hours and was able to transmit sensitive Israeli military positions before it was shot-down by Israeli jets.

In October 2013, Brig-General Farzad Esmayeeli, Commander of Iran’s Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Basepresented an Iranian-made model of American ScanEagle, to Lt. General Viktor Bondarev, Russian Air Force Commander.

In August 2014, Iran shot-down an Israeli spy drone on way to Iran’s Natanz nuclear enrichment plant.

Iran unveiled a new home-made radar system named Fateh 2 and a new droneSadeq 1 during the military parade on the occasion of the Sacred Defense Weekon Sept. 22, 2014.

The Fateh 2 is a long-range radar system equipped with hi-tech, capable of tracing all types of aircraft and small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Iran’s Fars news agency reported.

The Sadeq 1 drone flies at a maximum altitude of 25,000 feet at speeds above sonic boom. The home-made UAV has been manufactured for testing radar and electronic systems and training assessments.

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Drones in Iraq and Syria: What we know and what we don’t

Nov 7, 2014, Chris Cole, Drone Wars UK

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Over the past 3 months US, UK and other forces have carried out airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria using manned aircraft and drones.  There is little public available information as yet about the impact of these strikes on the ground .  Here’s is what we know – and don’t know – so far.

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On August 7, President Obama ordered what he called “limited strikes” against ISIS in order to protect American personnel in Iraq.  At the same time he stated that he would “not allow the United States to be dragged into fighting another war in Iraq”.  US airstrikes began that next day and initiated another US military intervention in Iraq that has subsequently been named Operation Inherent Resolve.

One month later, on the eve of the September 11 commemorations, Obama announced that he was broadening the military campaign. No longer would airstrikes only be undertaken to directly protect Americans in Iraq but rather to “destroy ISIL.”  Airstrikes would also be undertaken in Syria and further troops would be deployed in a ‘advice and assistance’ role. Obama said:

“America will lead a broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat. Our objective is clear: We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy.

First, we will conduct a systematic campaign of airstrikes against these terrorists. Working with the Iraqi government, we will expand our efforts beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian missions, so that we’re hitting ISIL targets as Iraqi forces go on offense. Moreover, I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are. That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq…

In June, I deployed several hundred American service members to Iraq to assess how we can best support Iraqi security forces. Now that those teams have completed their work –- and Iraq has formed a government –- we will send an additional 475 service members to Iraq. As I have said before, these American forces will not have a combat mission –- we will not get dragged into another ground war in Iraq.

As in Afghanistan, the US has been keen to build a coalition against ISIS and by the time of his speech to the UN General Assembly on Sept 24, Obama could announce that 40 nations had agreed to join the military action against ISIS. One of those nations was the UK which agreed to military action against ISIL in Iraq, but not Syria 

It should be noted that there has been no UN resolution on the military action by the US and its partners, casting doubt on the legality of the action, although some insist that as the – hastily assembled and installed – new government in Iraq has consented to military assistance, this gives legal cover under international law.

In the UK, many MPs argued strongly that no military action should take place in Syria without a UN resolution and further parliamentary debate. Indeed the motion passed by MPs directly stated “this motion does not endorse UK air strikes in Syria as part of this campaign, and any proposal to do so would be subject to a separate vote in parliament.” However within days of the vote, the Government were arguing that the UK may “need” to intervene in Syria.

For details of US, UK and other nations military airstrikes in Iraq and Syria see the very useful and regularly updated datasets by Chris Woods that are here and here.

Drones over Iraq and Syria

Two months before Obama even initiated air strikes in Iraq, armed US Predator drones were already flying over Iraq on reconnaissance missions and to protect the US troops sent to ‘assist and advise’.

Since the start of the bombing campaign, US drones have undertaken both surveillance and strike missions in Iraq and Syria but military spokespeople have refused to give details about which aircraft are undertaking which strikes repeatedly using the formula “US military forces used attack, fighter, bomber and remotely-piloted aircraft to conduct airstrikes.”

On September 27, two days after MPs gave approval following a parliamentary debate, UK forces began air combat operations in Iraq using Tornado aircraft, with the first UK airstrike taking place on 30 September.  Two weeks later theUK confirmed that it was re-deploying two armed Reaper drones from Afghanistan for operations in Iraq and these have now begun flying missions over Iraq.  On 5 November the Defence Secretary Michael Fallon announced that the UK was sending more Reapers drones (said by some sources to be another two) to Iraq and Syria.

Where the drones are flying from

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According to an August 2014 Washington Post piece, US military aircraft undertaking airstrikes in Iraq have been flying from bases in the Gulf as well as from USS George H.W. Bush, an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf.

Several reports have named the Ali al Salem Air Base in Kuwait as the closest US drone base to Iraq and as the Washington Post pointed out “Predator drones from the Air Force’s 46th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron have to fly only about 40 miles to the border.”

The US has also confirmed that it using Erbil (sometimes named as Irbil or Arbil) in Iraqi Kurdistan as a base for its military aircraft. Despite persistent rumours, US military spokesperson insists that it not being used by drones. However the base is also being used as a “Joint Operating Center” by US and Iraqi force and there an adjacent CIA facility which isreportedly being expanded.   Possibly then there are drones in Erbil but under CIA rather than US military command.

Four US drones have used Incirlik airbase in Turkey to undertake surveillance flights against the PKK in Iraq since November 2011 (one was shot down in September 2012). Although these unarmed flights appear to have continued, Turkey has been reluctant to join the US coalition in part due to the kidnapping of almost 50 Turkish Consulate staff and children when Mosul was overrun by ISIS in June 2014, and partly due to political differences over the response to ISIS. Even though the hostages have now been released, tensions between the US and Turkey remain. Recent reports appear to confirm that Turkey is allowing unarmed US drones to use Incirlik for surveillance flights over Syria and Iraq only.

While the MoD has been happy to report the location of UK Tornado aircraft flying over Iraq as RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus(with the RAF station commander even giving news conference from the main gate) the MoD is being tight-lipped about the basing of its drones, leading to media reports give several different locations.

The Independent says that the UK Reapers “will be based in Kuwait” while the FT reports that they will “have to be based inside Iraq” with a source suggesting either Balad or Erbil airbases. Conversely Sky News stated they will be based “outside of Iraq” somewhere in the Middle East.

As we have suggested previously it is likely to be either Al Minhad in UAE, RAF Akrotiri or Kuwait but without confirmation from the MoD it is not possible at this stage to be certain. One question about all this of course is, if drones are no different from manned aircraft as the MoD repeatedly insists, why are they happy to give the location for the base of the Tornadoes but not the Reapers?

UK drones operating in Syria

Although MPs have been very clear that UK military force against ISIS has only been approved from Iraq, within one week of the Reapers being deployed, the Defence Secretary announced that they were to be used also for missions in Syria. Although these are to be surveillance missions, as The Telegraph reported, ‘David Cameron has indicated that an exception would be made if urgent action was needed to prevent a humanitarian crisis, or protect a British national interest, such as a hostage.’ Asked by The Guardian why Parliament had not been consulted about the use of UK drones in Syria, Cameron’s deputy official spokesman stated that it was because the flights did not amount to military action,

Impact of airstrikes on the ground

Around 800 airstrikes have taken place in Iraq and Syria over the past three months, the vast majority undertaken by US forces. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has estimated that more than 550 people have been killed in airstrikes on Syria including at least 32 civilians. There is little information about casualties from airstrikes in Iraq.  A table of credible claims of civilians casualties compiled by freelance reporter Chris Woods is below, but there are certain to be other incidents.

Credible claims of civilian deaths for airstrikes to date*

Date Location Allegedly caused by Summary Status
Sept 23rd Kafar Daryan, Idlib province, Syria US – cruise missiles Up to 11 civilians, many from one family, reported killed in cruise missile strike on Nusra Front-held village Pentagon continues to deny civcas in attack
Sept 28th/29th Manbij, Syria US – possibly with Jordan and/or UAE Grain silos targeted. 2 civilians allegedly killed NGO has now apparently removed civcas references
Oct 4th/ 5th Hit, Iraq US – fighters Up to 18 civilians ‘mostly women and children’ reported killed according to local hospital ‘No evidence’ of civcas according to Centcom
Oct 8th Mosul, Iraq US – fighter/ attack aircraft First US strike on Mosul city targets ISIL vehicles. Agency stringers report possible civcas. Waiting on further details.
Oct 15/16 Kobane, Syria US fighters, bombers Claims that 6 Kurdish fighters and a civilian accidentally killed in a US strike Source: Kurdish officials
Oct 17th/18th Khesham, Der-Ezzor province,Syria US – type unknown ‘7 civilians killed by coalition air strikes on a gas station near Konico gas factory.’ Reported bySOHR
Oct 17th/18th Kabiba village near al-Shadadi, south of al Hasaka, Syria ‘3 civilians including a child under the age of 18, killed by coalition air strikes targeted oil fields .. it is still unknown whether there were workers in the local oil fields or not.’ Reported bySOHR
Nov 5th Al Qaim, Iraq Unknown allied aircraft 7 civilians killed and 27 injured when 2 missiles hit marketplace in town Reported by National Iraqi News Agency (NINA)
Nov 5th Sarmada, US fighters, bombers and RPAs 2 children claimed killed in strikes on Khorasan Front Local reporter, Nusra Front

* Extensive additional civilian casualties are often caused by other parties to both the Iraq and Syria conflicts.
Compiled by Chris Woods.

In 2013, stung by criticisms of the number of civilian casualties from US drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan, Obama imposed new restrictions saying that no lethal strike would be authorized without “near-certainty that no civilians will be killed or injured.”  Even though Obama cited counterterrorism operations in Yemen as a template for military operations in Syria and Iraq, Pentagon officials have confirmed that the ‘near-certainty’ principle does not apply to airstrikes in Iraq and Syria. White House spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said the near-certainty standard was intended to apply “only when we take direct action outside areas of active hostilities.”

Robert Naiman, of US advocacy group Just Foreign Policy has pointed to parallels between the military action in Iraq and Syria and drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen:

“There is a big danger here that U.S. air strikes in Syria are going to resemble the drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen in the sense that there is no accountability for who is killed. We have reports of civilian casualties from people in the area and the US government says, ‘No, they are bad guys.’ There has to be some public accountability for what happens when there are allegations of civilian casualties.”

Conclusion

Professor Paul Rogers points out in his latest excellent background briefing on the crisis that despite three months of airstrikes, ISIS continues its awful massacres, continues to besiege Kobane, and continues its advances on territory even to the gates of Baghdad itself. Rather than being a solution, airstrikes are a recruiting tool used by ISISI “to present itself as a vanguard in the defence of Islam.”  Professor Rogers continues:

“Thus, current Western policy [of airstrikes] may be just what IS strategists want. Indeed there may be serious attempts to provoke a more intensive air campaign, not least through brutal actions against Western citizens and even attacks in Western states. Much will depend on whether such provocation succeeds.”

Western leaders have warned that the air campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria is likely to be a long one – years of airstrikes are being talked about. The impact of these strikes on the ground must be carefully assessed and this requires real transparency from those carrying them out.

More importantly the danger and damage being done both on the ground and to international security by this air campaign must be acknowledged and the numerous alternatives to airstrikes – see here and here must be properly engaged with.

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President Obama: It Is a Moral and Strategic Mistake to Exempt Syrian Airstrikes From Civilian Protections

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The White House has acknowledged for the first time that the strict standards President Obama imposed last year to prevent civilian deaths from U.S. drone strikes will not apply to U.S. military operations in Syria and Iraq.

This is a tragic error. One of the worst mistakes the United States can make is to respond to the horrors of the conduct of ISIS, especially its wanton killing of civilians, by killing civilians in response. We are meeting horror with horror and it will come back to haunt us, both morally and strategically.

In the peace movement, we say ‘When you mirror your enemy, you risk becoming your enemy.’ The U.S. is now on that path and it is a profound moral mistake.

In addition, this new information from the White House undermines a substantial part of the argument for the morality of the drone program, since the drone program has been sold to the American people as a way for the U.S. to kill terrorists without substantially endangering local populations.

For the administration to claim it is “just” to use drones, it must abide by the rules for the conduct of war. These rules, called “Just War Theory,” specifically call for the protection of civilians, i.e. non-combatants, from armed combat. In this theory on waging war it is considered unfair and unjust to attack indiscriminately since non-combatants or innocents are deemed to stand outside the field of war proper.

We are supposed to be operating under a new drone policy where protecting civilians is a priority. The President acknowledged civilian deaths in his major 2013 speech on drones at the National Defense University , calling them “a tragedy.” In that speech, the President promised the drone program would operate within limits protecting civilians, and that in addition to control of the drone program being transferred from the CIA to the Pentagon, a new era of transparency on drones would begin.

This has now been shown to be more a rhetorical and less actual policy shift.

Given the secretive nature of the drone program, accurate information on the number of civilians killed in drone strikes has always been very difficult to obtain. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism in the United Kingdom has attempted to document the deaths of civilians credibly killed by drones strikes, including women and children, and their research has included the disturbing information of targeting of rescue personnel and funerals.

More recently, strikes on a Syrian village, a reported stronghold of an al-Qaida-linked front, resulted in images of bodies of women and children hauled from the rubble. Images of badly injured children also appeared on YouTube, helping to fuel anti-U.S. protests in a number of Syrian villages last week.

At a briefing for members and staffers of the House Foreign Affairs Committee late last week, a political member of one of the Free Syria Army factions described the aftermath of this attack. “They were carrying bodies out of the rubble. … I saw seven or eight ambulances coming out of there.”

He went on to say, “We believe this was a big mistake.”

Yes, this was a big mistake. It was a moral mistake and a strategic mistake.

It is not acceptable for the President to claim a moral principle such as the Just War criterion on protecting civilians, and then bend or break that principle when it seems expediency demands it. The point of moral principles is to accept there are things that cannot be morally justified and then refrain from doing them.

But it is also a “big mistake” from a strategic standpoint to be killing civilians. ISIS is waging an image war and demonizing the U.S. is a cornerstone of their propaganda. Giving ISIS more fuel for their hype is strategically a huge error. That YouTube video serves to undermine whatever support the U.S. and others bombing ISIS targets may have.

No matter what the enemy does, and how immorally they may act, that does not provide a free pass for individuals or nations to just give up on their own principles and respond in kind.

In fact, it is precisely when your moral principles are tested that abiding by them is most crucial.

Otherwise, what is it we are really fighting for?

Third Israeli Drone Crashes in Iraq

News sources confirmed on Wednesday that an Israeli Hermes drone has crashed in Baghdad, capital of Iraq.

The sources said the Zionist regime’s drone had fallen down somewhere close to Baghdad Airport.

Al-Mayadeen News Network said a team from the US embassy in Iraq immediately went to the scene and collected remains of the drone.

The report said Iraqi army and police have no information how the aerial vehicle has crashed.

One Hermes drone crashed in Gaza Strip in early August.

Another Hermes was shot down by IRGCˈs Aerial-space division last Saturday in Iran.

The Israeli medium size multi-payload unmanned aerial vehicle is designed for tactical long endurance missions.

Source: IRNA

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Iranian Response to Israeli Drone Will be in Occupied Territories: Commander

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An Iranian commander vowed on Wednesday that the Islamic Republic is to respond in the occupied Palestinian territories to the recent intrusion of an Israeli spying drone into its airspace.

Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri said: “Destroying the Israeli spy drone is not the end of measures [undertaken] by the Islamic Republic of Iran and [we] will respond to the enemy in the occupied territories.”

Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier Masoud Jazayeri

He noted that Iran’s airspace is under the full control of Tehran, adding that Iran is vigilantly monitoring any foreign movements around its skies.

Jazayeri also said that that the spy aircraft was launched from one of the former Soviet states located north of Iran.

In a statement on Sunday, Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said it had successfully intercepted and shot down an Israeli spy drone by a surface-to-air missile. The aircraft was on its way toward Natanz nuclear facility in Iran’s central province of Isfahan.

The sophisticated stealth drone, an Israeli-made Hermes type, can operate within a radius of 800 kilometers and is capable of flying 1,600 kilometers without refueling, according to the IRGC.

IRGC’s Second-in-Command Brigadier General Hossein Salami said on Tuesday that the Israeli aircraft had been immediately detected and tracked upon entering Iranian skies, but it was allowed to continue its path toward its destination so that the IRGC could collect intelligence on the drone’s mission.

Source: Press TV

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IRGC Vows to Speed up Arming West Bank in Response to Zionist Drone

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Iran: Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali HajizadehSenior Iranian military officials announced on Monday that they will accelerate arming the Palestinians in the West Bank in response to the recent aggression made by a Zionist spy drone which was downed before it could reach Natanz nuclear enrichment facility in Central Iran, Iranian Fars news agency reported.

“We will accelerate arming the West Bank and we think that we are entitled to give any response (to the recent aggression) which we deem appropriate,” Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said on Monday, elaborating on the IRGC’s possible response to the Zionist recent aggression against Iran.

“The Armed Forces, including the IRGC and the Army, are fully prepared to trace and intercept (hostile flying objects) and if such moves are repeated, the aggressors will receive our crushing response,” he warned.

The IRGC Aerospace Force shot down an Israeli spy drone near Natanz nuclear enrichment facility in the Central parts of Iran on Sunday.

“Unmanned Israeli spy plane was shot down after it was traced and intercepted by the IRGC Aerospace Force,” a statement by the IRGC’s Public Relations Department announced yesterday.

According to the statement, the unmanned Zionist aircraft was a radar-evading, stealth drone with the mission to spy on Iran’s enrichment activities by flying over Natanz nuclear enrichment plant.

The IRGC also pointed out in its statement that the Zionist drone has been targeted by a surface-to-air missile.

“This mischievous attempt once again made the adventurous nature of the Zionist regime more evident and added another black page to the dark record of this fake and warmongering regime, which is full of crimes and wickedness,” the statement added.

The IRGC further warned that it “preserves the right of response and retaliation for itself”.

Source: Agencies

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Palestinian Resistance Reveals New Surprise: Unmanned Drones

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Palestinian resistance in Gaza launched on Monday an unmanned aircraft that entered the occupied territories, revealing a new surprise in the struggle with the Israeli enemy.

Palestinian resistance in Gaza launched on Monday an unmanned aircraft that entered the occupied territories

Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, announced on Monday that it had launched a drone which carried out special mission over Israeli ministry of defense headquarters in Tel Aviv.

Earlier, the resistance brigades said that several drones are being dispatched to carry out missions in the Israeli depth.

Israeli media confirmed a drone was launched from Gaza, reporting that it was shot down by the Patriot missile battery over the occupied settlement of Ashdod.

The Israeli Navy was searching for remnants of the drone, which was intercepted over an open area near the Ashdod coast, Jerusalem Post reported.

The drone set off a Code Red alert siren in the city, JP added.

Meanwhile rocket attacks on the occupied territories also continued on Monday morning with sirens sounding in Ashkelon and western Negev.

Earlier on Sunday, al-Qassam Brigades announced it had shelled Belmakhim military airbase for the first time with M75 rockets.

Source: Agencies

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UN backs resolution presented by Pakistan on drones

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The resolution was adopted by a vote of 27 in favour to six against, with 14 abstentions. US, Britain and France voted against.

GENEVA: The United Nations called on all states on Friday to ensure that the use of armed drones complies with international law, backing a proposal from Pakistan seen as taking aim at the United States.

A resolution presented by Pakistan on behalf of co-sponsors including Yemen and Switzerland did not single out any state. The United States is the biggest drone user in conflicts including those in Pakistan, Yemen, Afghanistan and Somalia.

“The purpose of this resolution is not to shame or name anyone, as we are against this approach,” Pakistan’s ambassador Zamir Akram told the UN Human Rights Council.

“It is about supporting a principle.”

The United States prizes drones for their accuracy against al Qaeda and Taliban militants. Pakistan says they kill civilians and infringe its sovereignty.

“The United States is committed to ensuring that our actions, including those involving remotely piloted aircraft, are undertaken in accordance with all applicable domestic and international laws and with the greatest possible transparency, consistent with our national security needs,” Paula Schriefer, US deputy assistant secretary of state, told the talks.

The resolution was adopted by a vote of 27 states in favour to six against, with 14 abstentions at the 47-member Geneva forum. The United States, Britain and France voted against.

The Council “urges all states to ensure that any measures employed to counter terrorism, including the use of remotely piloted aircraft or armed drones, comply with their obligations under international law … in particular the principles of precaution, distinction and proportionality.”

The text voiced concern at civilian casualties resulting from the use of remotely-piloted aircraft or armed drones, as highlighted by the UN special investigator on counter-terrorism Ben Emmerson in a recent report.

It called on UN human rights boss Navi Pillay to organise expert discussions on armed drones and report back in September.

The United States, Britain and France said it was not appropriate for the forum to put weapons systems on its agenda.

The Obama administration preferred to discuss drones under an initiative of Switzerland and the International Committee of the Red Cross, which it hoped would provide a “non-politicised forum” where military experts can discuss law of war issues, Schriefer said.

Akram, speaking before the vote, said opposition “can only lead to the conclusion that these states are guilty of violating applicable international law and demonstrate that they are afraid of being exposed in the expert panel.”

A separate UN human rights watchdog called on the Obama administration on Thursday to limit its use of drones and to curb US surveillance activities.

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