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Current drone warfare in the light of the prohibition of interventions

The use of drones in armed conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, Yemen, Libya, Mali, Pakistan, the Philippines, Somalia and Syria


Markus Reisner


The deployment of drones since the attacks of 9/11 has led to a transformation of modern warfare. Armed drones are currently extensively used in crisis regions all over the world. They are the “weapons of choice” for modern military forces to counter asymmetric warfare and terrorism. Such robots are cheap platforms which can conduct missions in dull, dirty and dangerous environments. They can ensure precision and efficiency over a long endurance and their deployment creates the advantage of zero-risk to friendly personal. But there are also grave concerns about their use.