Tag: Drones (Pilotless Planes)

Houthis Say They Shot Down a U.S. Drone Off Yemen

The Pentagon is investigating the cause of a crash of an American military surveillance drone off the coast of Yemen on Monday morning, two U.S. officials said. The officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss operational matters, confirmed that the drone, an MQ-9 Reaper, fell out of the sky. Iranian-backed Houthi militants said […]

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U.S. Says it Struck Houthi Targets, Including Underwater Drone, in Yemen

The United States struck five Houthi military targets, including an undersea drone, in Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen on Saturday, the U.S. military announced on Sunday. The use of the underwater drone is believed to have been the first time that Iran-backed Houthis had employed such a weapon since they began their campaign against ships in […]

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U.S. Strikes Hit Most of Targets in Iraq and Syria, Pentagon Says

American warplanes destroyed or severely damaged most of the Iranian and militia targets they struck in Syria and Iraq on Friday, according to the Pentagon, the first major salvos in what President Biden and his aides have said will be a sustained campaign. Maj. Gen. Patrick S. Ryder, the Pentagon press secretary, said on Monday […]

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‘They Come in Waves’: Ukraine Goes on Defense Against a Relentless Foe

His unit decimated by Ukrainian fire, the last surviving soldier in a Russian assault took cover in a shallow crater while Ukrainians shouted at him to surrender. As he lifted two grenades in the air, a Ukrainian drone swept in from above and exploded. Soon, the smoke cleared, a surveillance drone overhead showed, revealing the […]

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U.S. and U.K. Launch Heavy Strikes on Houthi Sites in Yemen

The United States and Britain carried out large-scale military strikes on Saturday against multiple sites in Yemen controlled by Houthi militants, according to a statement from the two countries and six allies, as the Biden administration continued its reprisal campaign in the Middle East targeting Iran-backed militias. The attacks against 36 Houthi targets at 13 […]

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Like Two Soldiers Killed in Jordan, Young Black Women Look to the Army for Opportunity

At a dusty military base in northeastern Jordan, Specialist Kennedy Sanders drove bulldozers and road graders. When she had free time, she liked to spend it knitting, or feeding her sneaker-head habit by shopping online for rare pairs of Nike Dunks that she would make her mother unbox for her over FaceTime. She spent a […]

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U.S. Weighs Retaliation After Strike in Jordan, and Farmers Lay ‘Siege’ to Paris

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Mix-Up Preceded Deadly Drone Strike in Jordan, U.S. Officials Say

Air defenses failed to stop an attack on a U.S. military outpost in Jordan on Sunday that killed three American soldiers at least in part because the hostile drone approached its target at the same time an American drone was returning to the base, two U.S. officials said on Monday. The enemy drone was mistaken […]

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U.S. Identifies 3 Soldiers Killed at Base in Jordan

The Department of Defense on Monday identified three Army Reserve soldiers who were killed at a U.S. base in Jordan on Sunday in what the Biden administration said was a drone attack from an Iran-backed militia. The department said at least 34 other service members were wounded in the attack. Those killed were Sgt. William […]

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U.S. Missiles Strike Targets in Yemen Linked to Houthis

The United States and a handful of its allies on Thursday carried out military strikes against more than a dozen targets in Yemen controlled by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia, U.S. officials said, in an expansion of the war in the Middle East that the Biden administration had sought to avoid for three months. The American-led […]

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Exhausted, on the Defensive and at ‘Hell’s Gate’ in Ukraine

ZAPORIZHZHIA REGION, Ukraine — Under the cover of darkness, leaning forward under the weight of packs and rifles, a squad of soldiers walked along a muddy lane and slipped into a village house. They were Ukrainian infantrymen of the 117th Separate Mechanized Brigade, assembling for a last briefing and roll call several miles from Russia […]

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The Jan. 6 Inquiry Three Years On, and a PepsiCo Boycott in France

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Iraq Condemns U.S. After Drone Strike in Baghdad

A drone strike in Baghdad on Thursday killed a senior figure in an Iran-linked militant group that is part of Iraq’s security apparatus and two others, drawing sharp criticism from the Iraqi government as well as allied groups. In an angry statement, an Iraqi government spokesman blamed the United States for the attack, calling it […]

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Missiles Hammer Kyiv in Large-Scale Attack on Ukraine

Missiles and drones hammered Kyiv on Tuesday morning, officials said, in what appeared to be a large-scale Russian attack on the Ukrainian capital and other cities. The Ukrainian Air Force said the barrage involved some of Russia’s most powerful weapons, possibly including hypersonic missiles that fly at several times the speed of sound. Loud bangs […]

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Russia Attacks Kharkiv With Missiles and Drones

Russia pummeled the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv with missiles and drones in the hours leading up to New Year’s Eve in what Moscow said was retaliation for an alleged deadly Ukrainian air assault on Saturday on the Russian city of Belgorod. Residents of the Ukrainian city, Kharkiv, which is just 60 miles across the […]

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How a Russian Barrage Evaded Ukraine’s Defenses to Wreak Deadly Chaos

For months, Ukraine’s use of powerful Western-supplied air-defense systems to repel Russian missile attacks has provided its citizens with some reassurance that a protective shield was effectively in place over big cities such as the capital, Kyiv. On Friday, that shield partly cracked. In one of the biggest air assaults of the war, Russia launched […]

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Ukraine Attacks Russian Warship in Occupied Crimea

A Ukrainian attack hit a Russian warship moored in Crimea early on Tuesday, in what appeared to be one of the most significant strikes against Moscow’s prized Black Sea fleet in months. The Ukrainian Air Force said in a statement that it had destroyed the Novocherkassk, a large landing ship, in the southeastern Crimean port […]

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U.S. Strikes Iran-Backed Groups in Iraq in Round of Retaliation

The United States conducted a new round of airstrikes early on Tuesday in Iraq, most likely killing militants and destroying three facilities used by Iranian proxies that had been targeting American and coalition troops, U.S. military officials said. The American strikes were in retaliation for a series of assaults, including a drone attack hours earlier […]

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Houthi Militia in Yemen Presents a Special Challenge for U.S.

When Iranian-backed militias repeatedly targeted U.S. troops in Syria and Iraq this fall, the Biden administration struck back with force. Action was needed, officials said, to deter the groups from turning Israel’s conflict with Hamas into a wider war. But the United States has not yet retaliated against one Iranian-backed group: the Houthis of Yemen. […]

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Strike in Somalia Said to Kill Mastermind of Attacks on Americans and Kenyans

A senior leader of the Somali terrorist group al-Shabab, who was accused of planning multiple attacks that killed 148 Kenyans in a university town and three Americans on a military base, was killed in a U.S. military drone strike last Sunday, according to Somali and American officials. Maalim Ayman was killed on Dec. 17 by […]

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Drones Give Ukraine Some Success at Sea

Bouncing over choppy waters, the Ukrainian sea drones fanned out and sped toward the Russian warship in a swarming tactic that military experts say has proved lethal and effective against what had been a dominant naval power on the Black Sea. From the safety of a room hundreds of miles away, the drones’ pilots pushed […]

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Photos From Iceland’s Volcanic Eruption: A Show of Lava and Smoke

Pall Viggosson, a tour guide in Iceland, was driving a van carrying nine British tourists on Monday night in search of the northern lights. But instead of the greenish glow of the aurora borealis, he saw red — flames and smoke from a volcanic eruption that Iceland had been uneasily awaiting. The area, the Reykjanes […]

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Red Sea Attacks Add Another Snarl to Global Shipping

The war between Israel and Hamas has so far not had a major impact on the global economy. But a wave of attacks against merchant ships in the Red Sea could change that in a big way. The Houthis, an armed group backed by Iran that controls much of northern Yemen, have been using drones […]

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Three Israeli Hostages Killed in Error Had White Flag, Israel Says

The Israeli military on Saturday said three hostages mistakenly killed by Israeli troops had been shirtless, unarmed and bearing a makeshift white flag. The troubling details of how they died have created widespread anguish and prompted renewed calls for a pause in the fighting to allow more hostages to be released. The military, which acknowledged […]

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Ukrainian Marines on ‘Suicide Mission’ in Crossing the Dnipro River

There was a faint tremor in the marine’s voice as he recounted the murderous fighting on the east bank of the Dnipro River, where he was wounded recently. “We were sitting in the water at night and we were shelled by everything,” the marine, Maksym, said. “My comrades were dying in front of my eyes.” […]

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Nigeria’s President Calls for Inquiry After Military Strike Kills at Least 85 Civilians

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu of Nigeria on Tuesday called for an investigation into a drone attack by his country’s military that killed scores of civilians on Sunday, the latest in a series of accidental bombings that have hit local populations. The strike occurred on Sunday evening in a village in the northern state of Kaduna, […]

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Iranian and U.S. Attacks Could Lead to Larger War, Officials Say

Neither Washington nor Tehran wants the conflict in the Gaza Strip to trigger a wider war in the region, officials in both capitals say. But in the seven weeks since the Oct. 7 Hamas-led attack on Israel, Iranian-backed militias have launched more than 70 rocket and drone attacks against U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria. […]

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Ukrainian Attack Cuts Power to Some Russian-Occupied Areas

A Ukrainian strike on a power station in Russian-held territory in eastern Ukraine overnight cut power to towns and cities, the pro-Russian authorities there said on Sunday, less than a day after Moscow launched a record number of attack drones toward Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital. The overnight attack was another sign of Kyiv’s determination to […]

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Kyiv Hit by Drone Attack Wave

Russia launched the largest drone attack it has ever directed at the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, before dawn on Saturday, sending wave after wave of drones packed with explosives toward a city that is home to more than three million people. The Ukrainian Air Force said that the attack featured “a record number” of one-way attack […]

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What Are the Risks of A.I. Drones and Weapons?

Swarms of killer drones are likely to soon be a standard feature of battlefields around the world. That has ignited debate over how or whether to regulate their use and spurred concerns about the prospect of eventually turning life-or-death decisions over to artificial intelligence programs. Here is an overview of how the technology has evolved, […]

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