Russia to Deploy Long-Range Attack Drone by 2016

Altius-M is Moscow’s first missile-firing UAV
The U.S. MQ-9 Reaper said to be similar to the Russian drone in development / AP

Russia is developing its first long-range drone aircraft capable of conducting ground attack missions, but lags behind other militaries in building unmanned aerial combat vehicles, according to U.S. officials.

Drone Strike Kills Two Al Shabaab Terrorists in Somalia

Al Qaeda-affiliated group carried out mall attack in Kenya

A U.S. drone strike in Somalia killed two terrorists of the al Qaeda-affiliated group al Shabaab, including a leader of the group, a U.S. official said.

The drone attack took place Monday near the southern town of Jilib when an armed unmanned aerial vehicle equipped with missiles fired on a vehicle in the town, said the official who is knowledgeable of the raid but who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Experts Criticize Amnesty International Report on Drone Strikes

Elements of case studies in the report unverifiable, contradicted

Experts and media figures are questioning the accuracy of Amnesty International’s new report on the human rights impact of the U.S. drone program in Pakistan, saying the study is marred by discrepancies, unverified claims, and dubious witness statements.

Iran Gives Russia Copy of Downed U.S. Drone

Given as gift to Russian military leader
ScanEagle unmanned aircraft flying over the airport in Arlington, Ore. / AP

The Iranian military has given the Russian army a copy of a downed U.S. drone that was captured and disassembled by Iranian authorities in 2012, Iran’s state-run media reported on Monday.

Ron Paul Institute Blames Nairobi Mall Massacre on U.S. Foreign Policy

Drone program in Somalia singled out as reason for the attack
Injured woman from mall attack being carried away / AP

U.S. interventionist foreign policy is to blame for the deadly mall massacre in Nairobi, according to the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity. The institute’s executive director Daniel McAdams called the terrorist attack “retaliation for years of murderous foreign interventionism” in an article posted to RPI’s website last Wednesday.

Tom Cotton Defends NSA, Drone Strikes

Warns America must remain ‘strong horse’ in fight against terrorists
Tom Cotton / AP

Senate candidate Rep. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) defended the National Security Agency’s surveillance program and U.S. drone operations against criticism from some members of his own party during a speech to the American Enterprise Institute on Tuesday.