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  • EU takes step towards launching drone program

    November 19, 2013 | 11:20 am

    European states took a first step on Tuesday towards developing a drone that could challenge U.S. dominance of the unmanned aircraft sector.

    Defence ministers meeting in Brussels instructed the European Defence Agency (EDA), the European Union's defence arm, to start studying the...

  • The Torah of drones: Examining the complex morality of drone warfare

    By Rob Eshman

    November 6, 2013 | 11:33 am

    In 2009, an Israeli drone flying over the Gaza Strip transmitted back to its command station an image of a telltale rocket trail streaking toward Israeli territory. Many kilometers away, a young Israeli operator, Capt. Y, quickly maneuvered the unmanned aircraft to get a look at...

  • Israel, Egypt cooperate

    August 14, 2013 | 3:24 pm

    The story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Did an Israeli drone cross into Egyptian airspace over the weekend and fire a rocket at gunmen in the Sinai Peninsula who were about to launch a strike on Israel? Probably. Will any Israeli or Egyptian official admit it, even off...

  • Israel shoots down drone from Lebanon, Israeli Military says

    April 25, 2013 | 9:54 am

    An Israeli fighter plane shot down a drone from Lebanon over the Mediterranean sea on Thursday as it was approaching the Israeli coast, the military said.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was flying in a military helicopter to an event in northern Israel when the...

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  • As world’s largest exporter of drones, Israel looks to transform battlefield

    March 4, 2013 | 1:32 pm

    An Israeli soldier sits in an office chair in an air-conditioned metal chamber staring at two screens side by side. One shows a map with a moving dot. The other displays a video feed. Next to the soldier are three more identical stations.

    The soldier isn't an air traffic...

  • Syrian military reportedly shoots down Israel drone

    February 20, 2013 | 1:50 pm

    The Syrian military reportedly shot down an Israeli drone near the Syria-Lebanon border.

    The Syrian news website Damas Post quoted eyewitnesses Wednesday evening as saying they saw the drone fall out of the sky into eastern Lebanon, the Times of Israel reported.

    Israeli warplanes held several overflights in southern Lebanon earlier in the day, according to the Times of Israel, citing the Lebanese government news agency.

  • Beware the Slippery Slope

    By  David A. Lehrer

    February 13, 2013 | 2:43 pm

    It isn’t often that within days of each other two news stories on disparate topics---drones and guns-- both highlight a method of analysis on different sides of the political spectrum that fosters poor public policy choices and conclusions.

    Recently, news stories have abounded...

  • Iranian warplanes fired on U.S. drone over Gulf, Pentagon says

    November 8, 2012 | 4:05 pm

    Iranian warplanes fired at an unarmed U.S. drone in international airspace last week but did not hit the aircraft, the Pentagon said on Thursday, disclosing details of an unprecedented incident that triggered a formal warning to Tehran through diplomatic channels.

    The November 1...

  • Nuclear plant in Iran nearing full operation, country’s energy minister says

    November 8, 2012 | 2:00 pm

    Iran's energy minister said his country's first nuclear power plant will be fully operational in the next two months.

    Najid Namjou was quoted Thursday by the Islamic Republic's semi-official Fars news agency about the Bushehr plant, according to Reuters.

    The same day, the...

  • Hezbollah claims responsibility for drone that entered Israeli airspace

    October 11, 2012 | 1:08 pm

    Lebanese Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah acknowledged on Thursday sending a drone aircraft that was shot down last weekend after flying some 25 miles into Israel.

    Nasrallah said in a televised speech that the drone's parts were manufactured in Iran and it was assembled...

  • Netanyahu says Hezbollah sent drone downed over Israel

    October 11, 2012 | 9:08 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday a drone aircraft, which flew some 35 miles into Israel before being shot down last weekend, was sent by Iranian-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah.

    In a statement from his office, Netanyahu said during a tour of the southern...

  • The anti-drones

    By Rob Eshman

    August 29, 2012 | 5:24 pm

    One of the highlights of my year is moderating an annual discussion with visiting Muslim journalists.

    For them, it’s a chance to talk about what they’ve learned about America and American journalism. For me, it’s a chance to fill in the yawning gaps in my understanding of places...

  • U.S. official says no sign Iran shot down drone

    December 4, 2011 | 5:24 pm

    Iranian media reported on Sunday that their country’s military had shot down a U.S. reconnaissance drone in eastern Iran, but a U.S. official said there was no indication the aircraft had been shot down.

    NATO’s U.S.-led mission in neighboring Afghanistan said the Iranian report...

  • Israeli drones protect gas fields

    August 9, 2011 | 10:45 am

    The Israeli military is using drones to protect gas fields in the Mediterranean Sea.

    The unmanned aerial vehicles are conducting surveillance and reconnaissance missions after pledges from Hezbollah that it would protect Lebanon’s claims to the areas, The Jerusalem Post reported.

    Israel’s Cabinet in July approved Israel’s northern maritime border with Lebanon, thus laying claim to a large natural gas field.

    The drones allow the Israeli Air Force to maintain a 24-hour-a-day presence on the site.

  • Iran unveils long-range drone bomber

    August 23, 2010 | 10:53 am

    Iran’s president unveiled the country’s first domestically built unmanned long-range bomber.

    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday revealed the drone prototype, called Karar, on a state television broadcast, according to reports.

    “The jet, as well as being an ambassador of death for the...

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