(Reuters) – Iran’s copy of a U.S. drone aircraft captured in 2011 is inferior to the American original, the Pentagon said on Wednesday, as it downplayed claims from Tehran this week that the replica had taken its first flight.
The White House announced that it will not follow strict standards imposed by President Barack Obama last year to avoid civilian deaths in its airstrikes when it comes to military operations in Syria and Iraq. The decision comes just weeks after the State Department said that it supports an investigation of Israel for committing war crimes for civilian casualties during its strikes in Gaza.
Lebanese Shiite terrorist group Hezbollah has only used unmanned aerial vehicles for reconnaissance purposes–until now.
Increasing the transparency of U.S. drone strikes or granting full control of them to the Defense Department could harm efforts to target terrorists, according to a new report.
Iran is threatening to sue the Israelis in the International Criminal Court following the alleged downing of an Israeli-made drone in Iranian territory Sunday.
The Iranian Army announced on Monday that it is preparing to hold “massive drone exercises” in September amid reports that Tehran has fully reverse-engineered a downed U.S. drone captured in 2012.
A U.S.-backed offensive with Yemeni forces killed up to 65 al Qaeda militants during a three-day airstrike that targeted an al Qaeda training camp and senior operatives, the Wall Street Journal reports.