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Drones have become a fixture in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and in U.S. campaigns in Pakistan and Yemen and more recently Libya and Somalia. With their ability to conduct surveillance and deliver increasingly lethal payloads, they have changed the nature of war. But their use has also prompted a debate over their application for surveillance in the United States and made them the envy of militaries around the world. The Post’s occasional series “Eyes in the Sky” looks at the expanding use of drones and the implications for government, industry and civilians.

Drones cast a pall of fear | Dec. 4, 2011

U.S. creating a ring of secret drone bases | Sept. 21, 2011

A possible future for drones: Automated killings | Sept. 20, 2011

Since Sept. 11, CIA’s focus has taken lethal turn | Sept. 2, 2011

Global rush is on to match U.S. drones | July 5, 2011

U.S. drone targets Somali militants tied to al-Qaeda | June 30, 2011

Stealth drones kept watch over bin Laden home | May 18, 2011

Privacy issues hover over police drone use | Jan. 23, 2011

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Parks Service bans drones over Appalachian Trail

The National Park Service has banned drones from flying over the Appalachian Trail.

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US official says American planes, drones did nearly a dozen airstrikes in Iraq since Tuesday

US official says American planes, drones did nearly a dozen airstrikes in Iraq since Tuesday.

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Arches, Canyonlands national parks ban drones

Drones are now officially banned in Arches and Canyonlands national parks in southeastern Utah.

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Arches, Canyonlands national parks ban drones

Drones are now officially banned in Arches and Canyonlands national parks in southeastern Utah.

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US official says American planes drones did nearly a dozen airstrikes in Iraq since Tuesday.

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Wildfire managers: Drones a threat to firefighters

(U.S Forest Service / Associated Press)

Drones flying over wildfires could lead to firefighter injuries and force retardant bombers to be called off, wildfire managers say.

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US official: More airstrikes in Iraq

(Steven Senne / Associated Press)

American fighter jets and drones continued to pound Islamic State militants in Iraq on Wednesday, and military planners weighed the possibility of sending a small number of additional U.S. troops to Baghdad, U.S. officials said, even as the insurgents threatened to kill a second American captive in retribution for any continued attacks.

California Assembly committee hearing on drones and the law — and, in particular, privacy

It happened here at UCLA Friday, and was quite interesting; a video is linked to in the post.

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Popular Science and 25 reasons to love drones

(Associated Press / AeroVironment)

It’s not all about pizza delivery: Drones might also expand Internet access and improve agriculture.

U.S. military announces 14 airstrikes in Iraq following James Foley execution

The Islamic State, which killed Foley, ‘must be destroyed,’ said Secretary of State John Kerry.

 

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