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Drone Warfare On the Rise

Armed drones have become a centerpiece of U.S. defense policy, but also a hated symbol of American arrogance in certain parts of the world. Learn what all the controversy is about.

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  • This Discovery Channel segment shows the Predator drone in action.
  • This Newsweek interview with a former CIA agent takes you behind the scenes of the agency’s targeted drone strikes.
  • In these two opinion pieces, Rosa Brooks and Peter Singer offer their perspectives on the debate over drones.
  • This NPR story on the 2011 killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen who became an Al Qaeda leader, covers some of the legal issues raised by targeted strikes of this sort.


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Credits: Written by Patrick Sharma and Josh Kalven.
Designed by Tabriz Ghazi and Katie Tonkovich.
Images courtesy of the Associated Press, the White House, and the U.S. Air Force.

First Published: 9/11/2012