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First Drone Friendly Fire Deaths

Published time: April 12, 2011 17:10
Edited time: April 13, 2011 02:02
United States Air Force Global Hawk un-manned reconnaissance aircraft. (Photo from http://www.af.mil)

United States Air Force Global Hawk un-manned reconnaissance aircraft. (Photo from http://www.af.mil)

For the first time, US servicemen were killed last week as a result of friendly fire from an unmanned drone aircraft.

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United States officials say that Navy Seaman Benjamin Rast and Staff Sergeant Jeremy Smith lost their lives due to friendly fire when a drone aircraft accidentally unloaded on the troops in the southern Afghanistan province of Helmand. Reports reveal that Rast and Smith were among a unit ordered to reinforce Marines coming under heavy fire in Sangin from insurgents and that their death came as a result of friendly fire.


Drones are typically used in the area for hunting out Taliban members; the aircrafts use infrared imaging to identify insurgents on the ground and most likely mistook the US troops as enemy forces. Earlier this year drones mistakenly killed almost two dozen civilians overseas in one strike, but last week's incident marks the first time that US troops have been the victim of their own military's drones.


 A February drone strike in the Afghanistan province of Oruzgan killed as many as 23 civilians—including two children—when US operators of a robotic plane mistakenly identified the citizens as members of the Taliban.


A drone mission in March, which was believed to target Pakistani members of the Taliban, killed more than 38 suspected militants near the Pakistan/Afghanistan border when an aircraft struck a compound in Datta Khel, North Waziristan.


US officials announced on Tuesday that they are investigating last week’s incident.



Comments (1)

 

mergon 06.03.2014 13:16

dont get me wrong i like mechanical things ,what i dont like is the application, i am not an enemy to anyone ,but like many others i dont like being spied on or smudged and or recorded . the government has made just about everyone an enemy of their state ,the state that used to be ours the one that we used to vote for ,the one that they farmed out to private contractors !

When the drones start dropping out of the skies and the cameras get fked up ,they might start to get the message
The government bankrupted its own country to spy on its own people ,now that is subversive !

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