Drone strike

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A drone strike is an attack by one or more unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAV) or weaponized commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).wikipedia
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A drone strike is an attack by one or more unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAV) or weaponized commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).
An unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV), also known as a combat drone or simply a drone, is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that usually carries aircraft ordnance such as missiles and is used for drone strikes.

UAVs in the U.S. military

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Since the turn of the century, most drone strikes have been carried out by the US military in such countries as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Iraq, Somalia, and Yemen using air-to-surface missiles.
Their roles have expanded to areas including electronic attack, drone strikes, suppression or destruction of enemy air defense, network node or communications relay, combat search and rescue, and derivations of these themes.

Targeted killing

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Drones strikes are used for targeted killings by several countries.
The legality of a targeted drone strike must be evaluated in accordance with international humanitarian law (IHL), including the fundamental principles of distinction, proportionality, humanity, and military necessity.

2019 Abqaiq–Khurais attack

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On 14 September 2019, drones were used to attack the state-owned Saudi Aramco oil processing facilities at Abqaiq (Biqayq in Arabic) and Khurais in eastern Saudi Arabia.

Caracas drone attack

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Sources reported that drones carrying explosives attempted to attack President Maduro and other government officials.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

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In August 2018, Al Jazeera reported that a Saudi Arabian-led coalition "battling Houthi rebels [in Yemen] secured secret deals with al-Qaeda in Yemen and recruited hundreds of the group's fighters. ... Key figures in the deal-making said the United States was aware of the arrangements and held off on drone attacks against the armed group, which was created by Osama bin Laden in 1988."
In August 2018, Al Jazeera reported that the Saudi Arabian-led coalition "battling Houthi rebels secured secret deals with al-Qaeda in Yemen and recruited hundreds of the group's fighters. ... Key figures in the deal-making said the United States was aware of the arrangements and held off on drone attacks against the armed group, which was created by Osama bin Laden in 1988."

Anwar al-Awlaki

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Al-Awlaki became the first U.S. citizen to be targeted and killed by a U.S. drone strike without the rights of due process being afforded.

Abdul Rauf Aliza

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After falling out with the Taliban leadership, Rauf swore allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and was named deputy commander for its Afghanistan-Pakistan based Wilayah Khorasan branch, before being killed by a US drone strike in February 2015.

Jihadi John

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On 12 November 2015, U.S. officials reported that Emwazi had been hit by a drone strike in Raqqa, Syria.

Sally-Anne Jones

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Hussain was killed by a U.S. drone strike on 25 August 2015, and was formerly in charge of recruiting new hackers to ISIS.

Said Ali al-Shihri

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Yemen officials reported he was killed by a drone strike on 10 September 2012.

Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi

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On the 7th of May 2015, AQAP announced Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi was killed in a US drone strike.

Civilian casualties from U.S. drone strikes

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Since the September 11 attacks, the United States government has carried out drone strikes in Pakistan (see drone strikes in Pakistan), Yemen (see drone strikes in Yemen), Somalia (see drone strikes in Somalia), Afghanistan, and Libya (see drone strikes in Libya).

Nasir al-Wuhayshi

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Wuhayshi was killed in a US drone strike in the Hadhramaut Governorate of Yemen on 12 June 2015.

Abu Muslim al-Turkmani

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Al-Turkmani was killed by a US drone strike while travelling in a car near Mosul, Iraq on 18 August 2015.

Junaid Hussain

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An attempted lethal drone strike on Hussain instead killed three civilians and injured five about ten days before his death.

Ibrahim Sulayman Muhammad Arbaysh

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AQAP released a statement in April 2015 announcing that al-Rubaish had been killed with other unnamed individuals in a drone strike near Mukalla on April 2015.

Missile

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For unmanned combat aerial vehicles, an attack usually involves firing a missile or releasing a bomb at a target.

Guided bomb

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The drone may be equipped with such weapons as guided bombs, cluster bombs, incendiary devices, air-to-surface missiles, air-to-air missiles, anti-tank guided missiles or other types of precision-guided munitions.

Cluster munition

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The drone may be equipped with such weapons as guided bombs, cluster bombs, incendiary devices, air-to-surface missiles, air-to-air missiles, anti-tank guided missiles or other types of precision-guided munitions.

Incendiary device

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The drone may be equipped with such weapons as guided bombs, cluster bombs, incendiary devices, air-to-surface missiles, air-to-air missiles, anti-tank guided missiles or other types of precision-guided munitions.

Air-to-surface missile

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The drone may be equipped with such weapons as guided bombs, cluster bombs, incendiary devices, air-to-surface missiles, air-to-air missiles, anti-tank guided missiles or other types of precision-guided munitions.

Air-to-air missile

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The drone may be equipped with such weapons as guided bombs, cluster bombs, incendiary devices, air-to-surface missiles, air-to-air missiles, anti-tank guided missiles or other types of precision-guided munitions.

Anti-tank guided missile

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The drone may be equipped with such weapons as guided bombs, cluster bombs, incendiary devices, air-to-surface missiles, air-to-air missiles, anti-tank guided missiles or other types of precision-guided munitions.

Precision-guided munition

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The drone may be equipped with such weapons as guided bombs, cluster bombs, incendiary devices, air-to-surface missiles, air-to-air missiles, anti-tank guided missiles or other types of precision-guided munitions.