Declassified Documents Shed A Light on U.S. Drone Warfare in Pakistan

Declassified Documents Shed A Light on U.S. Drone Warfare in Pakistan

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by Burkely Hermann, published on Unredacted, July 20, 2023

On March 17th of this year, State Department spokesperson Ned Price was asked by Pakistani news media about unconfirmed reports of a U.S. drone strike in the Pakistani village of Zangara, within the South Waziristan region. Price, who has since resigned from his position, neither confirmed nor denied the strike, stating “we’ve seen reports that Pakistani security forces conducted counterterrorism operations in South Waziristan on March 15.  We refer you to the Government of Pakistan for any additional information.” To date, no new information has been released about the potential strike, but, if it were confirmed, it would be the first known U.S. strike in Pakistan since 2018Continue reading “Declassified Documents Shed A Light on U.S. Drone Warfare in Pakistan”

Impact of Drones in Battlefield

Impact of Drones in Battlefield

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by Cmde BR Prakash VSM (Retd),  published Defense Research and Studies, February 27, 2023

Impact of Drones in battlefield has changed the conventional warfare.

Drones are the latest game-changers or force multipliers in modern warfare. Drone warfare started to gain prominence when the US cracked down hard upon insurgents and terrorists soon after the 9/11 bombings using drones to strike at targets. Since then, they have been extensively deployed for surveillance and strikes in the battle against terrorism. The last four years saw several countries using drones in their battles; Nigeria used drones against Boko Haram, Turkey used them in Syrian raids, the UK in Iraq and Syria, and the US in Libya. The latest conflict between Azerbaijan-Armenia again witnessed their deployment in large numbers where they were tremendously effective against the entrenched troops, armour and artillery. Azerbaijan used its drone fleet to destroy Armenia’s weapons systems in Nagorno-Karabakh, enabling a swift advance and victory.  Continue reading “Impact of Drones in Battlefield”

Welcome to the Slaughterhouse

Welcome to the Slaughterhouse

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by Nick Mottern and Jack Gilroy, published on Counterpunch, August 8, 2023

What does Ukraine need the most? Its military officials now list five things when asked, Dmitri Alperovitch said in his latest podcast, which was recorded in Ukraine.  Those five things are “artillery shells, artillery shells, artillery shells, artillery shells, and more artillery shells.”

U.S. President Joe Biden said much the same when asked a similar question about two weeks ago at the conclusion of this year’s NATO summit in Lithuania.: “What we need most of all is artillery shells, and they’re in short supply.  We’re working on that.”  Continue reading “Welcome to the Slaughterhouse”

U.S. Citizens Join Runway Occupation at NATO Nuclear Air Base Volkel, Netherland

U.S. Citizens Join Runway Occupation at NATO Nuclear Air Base Volkel, Netherland

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According to Wikipedia:  “It is believed that since the early 1960s, USAF nuclear weapons have been stored at Volkel Air Base, to be used by the host nation’s aircraft.”

“The USAF 703rd Munitions Support Squadron (703rd MUNSS) is in charge of maintaining and securing the weapons.  As of 2008, 22 B61 nuclear bombs are believed to be in storage at Volkel, to be used by the Dutch 311 and 312 F-16 squadrons at the base.”      [jb]

Early Tues., August 8, ten anti-war & climate activists including six from the United States, were detained by police after they occupied the runway at Volkel airbase demanding the withdrawal of the U.S. nuclear bombs stationed there, and an end to nuclear weapons-related CO2 emissions.
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Peace Rally for Ukraine – No More War – Scranton, Pa.

Peace Rally for Ukraine – No More War – Scranton, Pa.

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by Vera Scroggins, from Youtube, July 22, 1923

President Joe Biden’s Hometown. Home of Scranton Army Ammunition Plant at 156 Cedar Ave., Scranton, Pa.. Several Peace Activists speak and Peace groups from several States attended.

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Stop Drone Killing, Then Stop the Whole Ukraine War

Stop Drone Killing, Then Stop the Whole Ukraine War

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by Nick Mottern, published on Counterpunch, May 12, 2023

As the Russian military intensifies its drone attacks on Kyiv and Ukraine’s troops increase usage of homemade drones to hit Russian  targets, the region and the world acutely need a proposal calling on both sides to negotiate an end to the war. A first step could be for both sides to agree to stop using weaponized drones.

Current commentary discusses advantages, for one side or the other, to reliance on weaponized drones. But the history of drone warfare in the Ukraine and in earlier wars, reveals two crucial points.

First, the notion that using killer drones will somehow provide the winning edge in combat is magical thinking.  In reality, their use only prolongs war and piles up dead bodies. This has been true, in fact, wherever weaponized drones have been used, since the first modern-day drone attack was launched, unsuccessfully, by the United States on the first day of its Illegal invasion of Afghanistan, nearly 22 years ago.  Continue reading “Stop Drone Killing, Then Stop the Whole Ukraine War”

Six War-Mongering Think Tanks and the Military Contractors That Fund Them

Six War-Mongering Think Tanks and the Military Contractors That Fund Them

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by Amanda Lee, posted on ML Today, April 24, 2023

From producing reports and analysis for U.S. policy-makers, to enlisting representatives to write op-eds in corporate media, to providing talking heads for corporate media to interview and give quotes, think tanks play a fundamental role in shaping both U.S. foreign policy and public perception around that foreign policy. Leaders at top think tanks like the Atlantic Council and Hudson Institute have even been called upon to set focus priorities for the House Intelligence Committee. However, one look at the funding sources of the most influential think tanks reveals whose interests they really serve: that of the U.S. military and its defense contractors. Continue reading “Six War-Mongering Think Tanks and the Military Contractors That Fund Them”

Downing US Drones Saves Thousands of Lives

Downing US Drones Saves Thousands of Lives

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by Drago Bosnic, published on InfoBRICS, March 16, 2023

This event illustrates what I have long seen as some critical issues with the use of large weaponizable, intelligence seeking drones.  Stealth warriors, they fly below the radar, so to speak.  Targets may see them, but they cannot ascertain whether or not they are armed.  Regardless, the surveillance they do provides information to weapons somewhere, regardless of whether those weapons are actually on the drone.   They cross boundaries without raising red flags.  These drones play diverse roles in war, but in no case are they innocent like, say, the Chinese weather balloon the US recently shot down off the our east coast.  [jb]
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