Tag: Drones (Pilotless Planes)

Israel Says It Struck Iranian ‘Killer Drones’ in Syria

JERUSALEM — Israeli warplanes struck targets in southern Syria where Iran was preparing to attack Israel using explosive-laden “killer drones,” Israel’s military said, and top commanders were on alert early Sunday to see how Iran might respond. In what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a “major operational effort,” Israeli fighters hit the Syrian town of […]

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American Military Drone Shot Down Over Yemen

WASHINGTON — An American military drone was shot down on Tuesday in Yemen, southeast of the capital, Sana, officials said Wednesday, in the second such episode this summer. Iranian-backed Houthi forces claimed credit for the downing of the unmanned drone, an MQ-9 Reaper. In a statement on Wednesday, the United States Central Command said it […]

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Houthis in Yemen Claim Drone Attack on Saudi Oil Facilities

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Yemen’s Houthi movement said on Saturday that it had launched 10 drones in the “biggest attack” on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia since the Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015, but a Saudi official said it had caused only a “minor” fire and no casualties. Speaking to Houthi-run television […]

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How to Travel With a Drone

You’ve got it all planned. You’ll launch your drone from the grass beside the Eiffel Tower. When it reaches the top, you’ll circle around the tower once, then end the video with a perfect landing. It’s the kind of thing you bought a drone for. It’s the kind of thing that makes for epic Instagram […]

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Toby Walsh, A.I. Expert, Is Racing to Stop the Killer Robots

Toby Walsh, a professor at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, is one of Australia’s leading experts on artificial intelligence. He and other experts have released a report outlining the promises, and ethical pitfalls, of the country’s embrace of A.I. Recently, Dr. Walsh, 55, has been working with the Campaign to Stop Killer […]

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Trump Says Navy Ship Shot Down Iranian Drone

WASHINGTON — The American military shot down an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday, President Trump said during a ceremony at the White House. Mr. Trump said the unmanned aircraft threatened the Boxer, an amphibious assault ship that can launch attack jets and helicopters from its landing deck. “The drone was immediately […]

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American Missiles Found in Libyan Rebel Compound

Libyan government fighters discovered a cache of powerful American missiles, usually sold only to close American allies, at a captured rebel base in the mountains south of Tripoli this week. The four Javelin anti-tank missiles, which cost more than $170,000 each, had ended up bolstering the arsenal of Gen. Khalifa Hifter, whose forces are waging […]

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Chinese Drones Made in America: One Company’s Plan to Win Over Trump

WASHINGTON — DJI, the large Chinese drone maker, is facing mounting security concerns within the Trump administration that its flying machines could send sensitive surveillance data back to China. Now, the company is trying to get on American officials’ good side by building a new product in the United States. The company, which is privately […]

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White House Is Pressing for Additional Options, Including in Cyberspace, to Deter Iranian Attacks

WASHINGTON — American intelligence and military officers are working on additional clandestine plans to counter Iranian aggression in the Persian Gulf, pushed by the White House to develop new options that could help deter Tehran without escalating tensions into a full-out conventional war, according to current and former officials. The goal is to develop operations […]

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4 Steps for Trump to Reduce the Risk of War With Iran

President Trump applied maximum pressure on North Korea, and it is continuing to produce nuclear weapons. He applied maximum pressure on China, and we may be facing a trade war. He applied maximum pressure on Venezuela, exacerbating hunger in the streets but leaving the dictatorship in place. He applied maximum pressure on Palestinians, who responded […]

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Restraint and Patience … and Donald Trump

It was welcome news to see President Trump announce on Twitter that he called off airstrikes against Iran this week when presented with an estimated human cost. The deaths of 150 Iranians, Mr. Trump said he concluded, would not have been proportionate to the Iranian downing of a robotic spy plane. ….On Monday they shot […]

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Trump’s Iran Response Underlines Republican Rift Over National Security

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s decision to pull back on a planned military strike against Iran has divided Republicans, pitting hawks who criticized his midoperation retreat against a noninterventionist wing that sided with most Democrats to praise it. The rift highlights a longstanding debate in the Republican Party over national security that has played out inside […]

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In Trump’s Iran Response, Some See a Dangerous Ambiguity

President Trump’s decisions to order and then suddenly abort a military strike against Iran set off a debate across the region on Friday over whether his stop at the brink amounted to his gravest threat yet or a sign of capitulation. Iranians, locked in an escalating standoff with Mr. Trump over the previous six weeks, […]

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What You Need to Know About the Iran Crisis

What happened — or did not happen — last night? President Trump on Thursday approved military strikes against Iran in retaliation for shooting down an unmanned American surveillance drone. The American operation was to be carried out before sunrise against Iranian military sites to avoid human casualties, which would have been around 9 p.m. Thursday […]

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Iran Live Updates: Trump Says Military Was ‘Cocked and Loaded’ to Strike

Here’s what you need to know: ImagePresident Trump said on Thursday that he suspected that an individual in Iran “made a big mistake” in shooting down an American drone.CreditErin Schaff/The New York Times President Trump says a planned retaliatory strike was “not proportionate.” In a series of tweets posted Friday morning, Mr. Trump said that […]

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Iran Crisis: What Happened and What You Need to Know

What happened — or did not happen — last night? President Trump on Thursday approved military strikes against Iran in retaliation for shooting down an unmanned American surveillance drone. The American operation was to be carried out before sunrise against Iranian military sites to avoid human casualties, which would have been around 9 p.m. Thursday […]

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Live Updates on Iran: International Flights Are Rerouted

Here’s what you need to know: ImageA U.S. Air Force file photo released on Thursday shows a remotely piloted RQ-4 Global Hawk surveillance drone.CreditAgence France-Presse — Getty Images The drone attack came after weeks of escalating tensions. The downing of an American surveillance drone on Thursday by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps brought tensions to […]

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The Standoff With Iran

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher The Trump administration has been debating a military strike against Iran as tensions with the country escalate. Here’s how we got to this point. [For an exclusive look at how the biggest stories on “The Daily” […]

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For Trump, ‘Judgment Time Is Coming’ on How to Respond to Iran

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s tenure as commander in chief came to a dramatic turning point on Thursday night as he found himself torn between his own competing advisers and his own competing instincts, teetering on the edge of the kind of military action he came to office vowing not to take. In a volatile day […]

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Want War With Iran? Ask Congress First

From the U.S.S. Maine in Havana Harbor in 1898 to the U.S.S. Maddox in the Gulf of Tonkin in 1964, maritime incidents, shrouded in the fog of uncertainty, have lured the United States into wars on foreign shoals. Which is why cooler heads must prevail — and Congress must be consulted — as American and […]

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