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Hacker Killed by Drone Was Islamic State’s ‘Secret Weapon’ - WSJ
By MARGARET COKER in London, DANNY YADRON in San Francisco and DAMIAN PALETTA in Washington
Aug. 27, 2015
ISIS  targeted_assassinations  drones  cyber_warfare  security_&_intelligence 
august 2015 by jerryking
Assassination in Africa: Inside the plots to kill Rwanda’s dissidents - The Globe and Mail
PRETORIA and BRUSSELS — The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, May. 02 2014
Geoffrey_York  Africa  Rwanda  assassinations  dissension  targeted_assassinations 
may 2014 by jerryking
The Drone Zone -
Published: July 6, 2012

The Pentagon is increasing its fleet of drones by 30 % and military leaders estimate that, within a year or so, the number of Air Force pilots flying unmanned planes could be higher than the number who actually leave the ground, much about how and where the U.S. government operates drones remains a secret. Even the pilots we interviewed wore black tape over their nametags. The Air Force, citing concerns for the pilots’ safety, forbids them to reveal their last names.

It is widely known that the United States has three different drone programs. The first is the publicly acknowledged program run by the Pentagon that has been operating in Iraq and Afghanistan. The other two are classified programs run separately by the C.I.A. and the military’s Joint Special Operations Command, which maintain separate lists of people targeted for killing.

Over the years, details have trickled out about lethal drone operations in Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen and elsewhere. But the drone war has been even more extensive. According to three current and former intelligence officials I spoke to, in 2006, a barrage of Hellfire missiles from a Predator hit a suspected militant camp in the jungles of the Philippines, in an attempt to kill the Indonesian terrorist Umar Patek. The strike, which was reported at the time as a “Philippine military operation,” missed Patek but killed others at the camp.

The increased use of drones in warfare has led the Air Force to re-engineer its training program for drone pilots. Trainees are now sent to Holloman just months after they join the military, instead of first undergoing traditional pilot training as they did in the past. The Air Force can now produce certified Predator and Reaper pilots in less than two years.

But the accelerated training has created its own problems.
USAF  drones  targeted_assassinations  training_programs 
july 2012 by jerryking
The hits and misses of history
Nov. 5, 2011 | The Financial Times. p7 | Simon Kuper.
Assassinations are rare occasions when the fate of nations can seem to hang on a sandwich, a briefcase or a roll of fat - in other words, on chance....some assassins do genuinely seem to change the course of events. In their 2009 paper, "Hit or Miss? The Effect of Assassinations on Institutions and War",Benjamin Jones and Benjamin Olken identified 298 serious assassination attempts against leaders worldwide since 1875. They found: "A country whose autocrat is assassinated is 13 percentage points more likely to move toward democracy in the following year than a country where the assassination attempt on the autocrat failed." In democracies, the authors say, assassinations didn't make a noticeable difference, so perhaps Oswald really didn't change history. Jones and Olken also argue that assassinations can affect the course of conflicts.

In short, many assassinations matter. And because leaders are so well-protected, chance often determines whether the assassination succeeds.
history  targeted_assassinations  assassinations  chance  autocrats 
november 2011 by jerryking
Top Al Qaeda Figure Anwar al-Awlaki Killed -
targeted_assassinations  drones  AQAP  covert_operations  security_&_intelligence  al-Qaeda 
september 2011 by jerryking
Drones Evolve Into Weapon in Age of Terror -
SEPTEMBER 8, 2011 | WSJ | By SIOBHAN GORMAN. Drones Evolve Into Weapon in Age of Terror
Intelligence Services Overcome Philosophical, Legal Misgivings Over Targeted Killings; Pilotless Attacks Doubled in 2010
drones  targeted_assassinations 
september 2011 by jerryking
A Perfectly Framed Assassination in Dubai -
FEBRUARY 27, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | by Robert Baer.
Stepped-up surveillance technology may be tipping the scales in the
cat-and-mouse game between spies and their targets--comment on the
current state of spycraft.
targeted_assassinations  spycraft  Mossad  Hamas  Dubai  CIA  security_&_intelligence  Israel  covert_operations 
march 2010 by jerryking

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