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
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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
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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.