Drone Fyle


  • A US Court of Appeals threw out the case of two Yemeni families who were suing the US after their two innocent family members were killed in a US drone strike. The court ruled it lacked authority to question the government’s decision making. The families are not seeking money, just that the court say they strike violated international law. [Link]


  • The US drone program only publicly reports about 20% of its drone strikes. [Link]


  • This article looks at some of the psychological trauma that is caused by operating drones in war zones. [Link]


  • The occurrence of drone strikes near the time of the Donald Trump’s inauguration suggest that the drone program operates without executive oversight. [Link]


  • Trump uses a targeted drone strike for the first time. It is reported the strike killed three al-Qaeda members in Yemen. [Link]


  • Over Obama’s 8 years as president, he ordered 542 targeted drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia. Those strikes killed at least 324 civilians. [Link]


  • On Tuesday, the Obama Administration appealed a court ruling that would have made public some information about the US drone program. Appealing the decision will help the Trump Administration operate a drone program in secret. [Link]


  • Obama will not add any restriction to the drone program that will soon be under the command of Trump. Under Obama, the president gained the ability to target people with drones overseas, including American citizens. [Link]


  • 2 Kurdish fighters were killed and 2 French soldiers were wounded by an ISIS drone. This is the first time Western aligned soldiers have been killed by an enemy drone. [Link]


  • The US is building a $100 million drone air base in Africa. The base will cost $13 million a year to maintain and will be use to fight the terror war in North and West Africa. [Link]
  • A US drone targeting terrorists, accidentally kills 22 Somali soldiers. No terrorist were killed by the drone strike. [Link]


  • Three former US Drone program operators join a lawsuit against President Obama. The suit was filed by a Yemeni who innocent family was killed in a US airstrike. They allege that President Obama was in violation US and international law. [Link]


  • A study by Gerogetown Public Policy on the US Drone program was recently published. The study found, “The model is limited, but the results are compelling: there is a statistically significant rise in the number of terrorist attacks occurring after the U.S. drone program begins targeting a given province.” [Link]