Category - drones

  • January 16, 2015

    Five years ago the suggestion that within a decade drone strikes would be taking place on a regular basis in multiple countries with little notice by the mainstream media or the general public seemed far-fetched to many. Today, with drone strikes being undertaken in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Iraq and Syria, and no doubt Libya again too soon (and not to forget the regular sporadic bursts of Israeli strikes in Gaza) such a prediction looks a lot more likely, if not a certainty.

  • January 5, 2015

    Four peaceful protesters have this morning been arrested inside the RAF Waddington base in Lincolnshire while protesting against the use of armed drones.

  • November 27, 2014

    A Foreign Affairs Committee report published today (27 November) criticises the government for “set[ting] a dangerous precedent” in its public position on drones.

  • October 22, 2014

    A report from a commission chaired by the former Director of GCHQ has called on the British Government for “safeguards” to ensure compliance with international law.

  • September 23, 2014

    The British government has been warned it may face legal action if it fails to consult Parliament and the public on the redeployment of drones outside declared war zones.

  • July 29, 2014

    The government has dismissed MPs’ concerns about British use of armed drones and said it plans to expand their deployment while redoubling efforts to “promote” them to the public and MPs.

  • July 24, 2014

    It is is over a month and a half since the last RUSI conference at Church House, focusing as it did on land warfare, and they have been back for more with a focus this time on the “future of air warfare”: Drones, in other words. The Rev Dr Keith Hebden explores the entanglement of the Church of England is military industries and warfare, highlighting the contradictions between this and the mission of Christian peacemaking.

  • May 27, 2014

    Legal charity Reprieve has threatened action against the UK government for failure to investigate the role of UK telecoms giant BT in facilitating covert US drone strikes in Yemen.

  • May 17, 2014

    Hosted by the Iona Community and Fellowship of Reconciliation Scotland, Chris Cole, coordinator of the advocacy and information organisation, Drone Wars UK, is currently on a short Scottish tour, coinciding with Christian Aid Week and the start of the Church of Scotland General Assembly.

  • March 26, 2014

    Churches are calling for the MoD to clarify its deployment of drones in Afghanistan as a Defence Committe report confirms UK drones may have been used by US operators.