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Pakistan shoots down Iranian drone near border area

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday (June 19) shot down an Iranian Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in Panjgur sector on the Pak-Iran border. According to Foreign Office statement, the drone was hit by Pakistan Air Force as it was unidentified and was flying at around 3 to 4 km inside the Pakistani territory. Pakistan has already shared…

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US-led coalition downs Iran-made drone in Syria

A US warplane shot down an Iranian-made drone operated by pro-regime forces in southern Syria early Tuesday, officials said, in the latest incident in rising tensions between the two sides. It comes days after a US warplane shot down a Syrian government fighter jet in the north of the country, prompting a furious reaction from…

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Suspected U.S. drone strike targets Pakistani Taliban militants: sources

A suspected U.S. drone strike killed several Pakistani Taliban militants in North Waziristan close to the Afghanistan border, one militant commander and intelligence sources said on Thursday, in a rare strike on Pakistani soil. If confirmed, the air strike, which happened on Wednesday, would only be the second drone attack inside the nuclear-armed nation since…

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Iran fires anti-aircraft cannons at media drone

Iranian authorities said they fired anti-aircraft cannons at a media drone flying over Tehran University on Monday, local media reported. Shots from several air defence guns were heard in the west of the city after a drone was spotted in a no-fly zone. There were conflicting reports from the governor’s office and Revolutionary Guards as…

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China rejects Trump claim it stole drone

China on Monday rejected US President-elect Donald Trump’s claim that it had “stolen” an American research drone, as state media said his diplomatic inexperience could spark a confrontation between the two nations. Beijing’s seizure of the marine probe in international waters in the South China Sea raised already heightened tensions between the world’s two largest…

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Pakistan shoots down Indian drone

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan army says it has shot down an Indian drone in Rakhchari Sector along the Line of Control (LoC). In a message on micro-blogging website Twitter today (Saturday), DG ISPR Lt-Gen Asim Bajwa said that the Indian Quad Copter was shot down by own Aagahi Post in Rakhchakri Sector. The Indian unmanned surveillance copter…

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Drone halts traffic at Dubai airport

DUBAI: A drone forced Dubai international airport, one of the world’s busiest, to halt air traffic for an hour and a half Saturday evening, the third such incident in less than five months. Air space around the airport was closed from 7:25 pm to 8:49 pm (1525-1649 GMT) “due to unauthorised drone activity resulting in…

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US releases redacted drone strike ‘playbook’

Washington: The US government has released a once-secret policy document once dubbed “the playbook” that shows how officials select drone targets in areas outside war zones and the key role the president has in the process. The 18-page Presidential Policy Guidance (PPG), published Saturday by the American Civil Liberties Union, provides more details than the…

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Facebook’s solar-powered internet drone takes flight

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook Inc (FB.O) said on Thursday it had completed a successful test flight of a solar-powered drone that it hopes will help it extend Internet connectivity to every corner of the planet. Aquila, Facebook’s lightweight, high-altitude aircraft, flew at a few thousand feet for 96 minutes in Yuma, Arizona, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg…

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US reveals death tolls from drone and air strikes

WASHINGTON: The United States on Friday lifted the lid on one of the most controversial tactics of President Barack Obama’s secretive counter-terror campaign, detailing for the first time the number killed in air strikes in countries like Pakistan and Libya. At the same time, the White House released an executive order outlining the steps that…

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Pakistan raises drone issue at UN Human Rights Council

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has forcefully raised the issue of US drone strikes at UN Human Rights Council. Speaking at the Human Rights council in Geneva, Permanent Representative of Pakistan, Ambassador Tehmina Janjua stressed that the Human Rights Council and its mechanisms should respond to human rights violations and the loss of precious lives as a result…

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Drone forces hour-long closure of Dubai airport

DUBAI: A rogue drone disrupted air traffic at Dubai International Airport for more than an hour on Saturday, said the operator of one of the world’s busiest aviation hubs. “DXB airspace was closed due to unauthorised UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) activity for 69 minutes resulting in a number of diversions,” Dubai Airports said in a…

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Samaa traces Wali Muhammad

Samaa has successfully traced the residence of Wali Muhammad, one of the two people who were killed in a suspected drone attack in Balochistan Sunday. A destroyed vehicle was found in the vicinity, in which Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour is believed to have been killed. Two charred bodies were found from the same area;…

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Obama confirms Mansour’s death

HANOI, Vietnam: U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday confirmed that Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US air strike. Obama has hailed the Taliban leader’s death as an “important milestone” in efforts to bring peace to Afghanistan. “We have removed the leader of an organisation that has continued to plot against and…

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Object that hit BA plane over London ‘not a drone’

LONDON: An object that hit a British Airways jet as it was coming in to land at London’s Heathrow Airport is not believed to have been a drone, as was first thought, the British government said Thursday. The pilot of the Airbus A320 with 132 passengers and five crew on board initially reported that the…

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Drone hunt for Loch Ness Monster finds its film double

A high-tech marine drone scouring the depths of Scotland’s Loch Ness for one of nature’s most elusive beasts has found a “monster” – but not the one it was looking for. Rather than the fabled Loch Ness Monster itself, the probe has discovered a 30-foot (9 meter) replica used in the 1970 film “The Private…

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Police to use drone against kite flyers

During crackdown against kite flyers and kite sellers, the police in Rawalpindi have decided to use drone cameras. Watch this report…

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Trained eagle takes down flying drone

The Dutch National Police released a video showing an eagle flying through the air and grabbing a small drone. Watch this report…

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Talented Gilgit kid develops drone

A highly talented boy from Gilgit has developed a drone and jet plane and drew applause from locals. Watch a report about the kid’s achievement.

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US drone crashes in Kuwait

KUWAIT: A pilotless U.S. military drone crashed in rural Kuwait on Sunday, causing no injuries, the small Gulf Arab state’s defence ministry said in a statement. The incident occurred in Bir Mutla, the ministry said, near the Ali Al Salem air base which hosts U.S. air force personnel and planes. A close ally of the…

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Pakistan’s own drone kills scores of militants

ISLAMABAD: Scores of militants were killed and many hideouts destroyed in a missile strike carried out by Pakistan’s very own drone Burraq  in South Waziristan Agency Thursday evening, Samaa reported. “The strike, conducted after the nightfall, was a bull’s eye. IThere was no word on the location and the number of kills made in the…

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