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Death from above: Australia gets in on the drone strike game

Death from above: Australia gets in on the drone strike game

Paul Millar February 26, 2015 5 Comments

Australia is moving from surveillance drones to armed drones. But given the US' record of using drones in countries without authorisiation (and given Abbott's penchant for "captain's calls"), are Australian armed drones a good idea?

Aussies dead in drone strikes — and Brandis does not care

Aussies dead in drone strikes — and Brandis does not care

Bernard Keane May 29, 2014 13 Comments

The government has no view on whether the killing of two Australians by US drone strikes in Yemen was illegal, inappropriate or concerning, George Brandis reveals.

The day I (might have) met Harvard and Bin John

Crikey April 23, 2014 3 Comments

A Crikey reader talks about his time in Yemen -- and when he might have met Christopher Harvard and Muslim Bin John.

An Australian killed, to the studied indifference of his government

An Australian killed, to the studied indifference of his government

Bernard Keane April 22, 2014 20 Comments

An Australian has been killed overseas. But the federal government is strangely incurious about it, and has nothing to say about it. Its ideology is getting in the way.

Ignore the White House, Australian eyes should be on the Senate

Ignore the White House, Australian eyes should be on the Senate

Bernard Keane November 7, 2012

Pakistan has good reason to fear the re-election of Barack Obama. But Australians should be watching the Senate result -- that's where the results may really affect those Down Under.

Drone march to Waziristan with Pakistan’s unofficial war victims

Drone march to Waziristan with Pakistan’s unofficial war victims

Crikey October 11, 2012 2 Comments

Imran Khan and victims of the US drone war in Pakistan invited media and activists to join a convoy of protest through the outskirts of the war-ravaged nation. Justin Randle was among them.

Obama and ‘signature strikes’, or How He Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Drones

Crikey May 30, 2012

After a tragically bungled missile strike in his first week as President, Barack Obama was understandably disturbed -- but Daniel Klaidman explains how he eventually came to embrace drone attacks.

How America built its robot army

How America built its robot army

Crikey May 19, 2010

An excellent investigation by Reuters into how drone fighter planes became the Obama administration's weapon of choice in AfPak. The US military is now launching several targeted strikes a week in Pakistan, four times as many as under Bush.

Why assassinating terrorists won’t win the war on terror

Crikey April 15, 2010

Sending targeted missiles into Pakistan to kill individual terrorists isn't just legally dubious -- it's counterproductive, explains Robert Wright: they'll just be replaced by newer, angrier terrorists.