While over seventy countries now possess drones, so far only the UK, the US and Israel are known to have used armed drones. The UK has launched over 300 drones strikes in Afghanistan but there is little public information about these strikes. Israel regularly launches drone attacks in Gaza and the US has been using drones in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen. It is suspected, but not confirmed that US drones have also undertaken strikes in Mali and Philippines this year.
On the newswire: Ground the Drones Week of Action announcement | Drones Week of Action events listings | The faceless face of military drones at Menwith Hill: 9 October | Veterans for Peace action at General Atomics | Terrorist drones come to Lincolnshire – drones peace walk | Drones and Thrones – A London Diary
During the Week of Action, campaigners will walk from UAV Engines in Shenstone, an Israel owned factory making engines for drones, via Thales UK in Leicester, which is manufacturing the new Watchkeeper drone to RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire from where UK drones in Afghanistan will soon be controlled. See also this photo story (on YouTube) about the week of action and the walk. Other events include cycle rides, protests at US bases, public meetings, street stall and petition hand-ins. For details of events already organised see a regularly updated list here. You can also download or order resources.
Drone Campaign Network