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posted by janrinok on Saturday October 15 2016, @09:08AM   Printer-friendly
from the everybody-can-have-deadly-toys-now dept.

Drones have previously been used by extremists in southwest Asia to gather information, but this is the first time a weaponized drone was successful for them.

The independent news outlet Morning Ledger reports

The drone was seen and intercepted October 2 by Kurdish fighters in Northern Iraq. Kurdish fighters shot down the drone to prevent further spying from their enemies. They were also instructed by American commanders to shoot any small aircraft since there has been evidence of the ISIS trying to weaponize their drones.

They decided to take the drone apart back at their outpost[1] and as soon as they did, it exploded[paywall]. The explosion killed two Kurdish fighters, severely wounded two French soldiers, and lightly wounded the other French men on the scene.

[...] Prior to the drone attack that killed Kurdish fighters, ISIS had two unsuccessful tests in weaponizing their drones. The first two were witnessed by the Kurds and Americans, which led to the Americans' fire-at-will command for small aircraft.

"The explosive device inside was disguised as a battery--there was a very small amount of explosives in it, but it was enough to go off and kill them", said an American senior official.

[1] Reports conflict on this point.

Reuters reports

The drone blew up when Peshmerga fighters tried to lift it after it crashed to the ground, Jabbar al-Yawar, secretary general of the autonomous Kurdish region's defense ministry, told Reuters. "It seems it was booby-trapped."

The French newspaper Le Monde reported on [October 11] that the drone had been intercepted in flight on Oct. 2 and exploded near the Kurdish and French soldiers when it hit the ground. It was unclear, Le Monde said, whether the drone was remotely detonated or carried a timed bomb.

[...] French government spokesman Stephane Le Foll confirmed the injuries.

"Yes. They were injured by a drone that landed and then exploded", he told reporters after a weekly cabinet meeting.


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  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 15 2016, @09:10AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 15 2016, @09:10AM (#414558)

    This is my surprised face!

    • (Score: 2) by Nuke on Saturday October 15 2016, @10:17AM

      by Nuke (3162) on Saturday October 15 2016, @10:17AM (#414569)

      I don't really understand your comment. Why would anyone have ever supposed that drones could be used for asymmetric warfare when everyone and their kids can buy them at the nearest toyshop?

      • (Score: -1, Redundant) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 15 2016, @10:28AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 15 2016, @10:28AM (#414573)

        Mericans are lazy idiots who like to kill fish in a barrel. The Terrists aren't supposed to know how to use drones, that's Merican's advanced stuff.

    • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 15 2016, @12:32PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 15 2016, @12:32PM (#414578)

      Exactly my thoughts.

      U.S and other terrorist states think no-one but them has the ability to murder people at will. Nuclear weapons, anyone?

      Go ahead, make robot killers, make automatic algorithm-based killers. Soon it will come back to bite you in the rear. No one can feel sorry for you even if they tried.

  • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 15 2016, @09:40AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 15 2016, @09:40AM (#414562)

    Roseanne Barr: I Was the First Person to Tell Trump to Run for President

    "When Roseanne ended its celebrated run, Barr got her own syndicated television talk show, The Roseanne Show. Recently, she realized she'd had two very special guests come through her studio-and told one of them he should consider a presidential run.

    "I interviewed both Trump and Michael Moore together," said Barr, who says she "sort of" knows the GOP frontrunner and likes him "as a human being." "I was watching it and I tell Trump, 'You should run for president,'" she grinned.

    Why did Trump seem so presidential back then? "Because of all of his views," Barr said. "He was extremely progressive. He was saying we should invest more in education, and we need health care. He said all the things that Hillary's saying. That's why I know that it's just a con. The whole fucking thing. It's a scam, a con, and it's rigged.""

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/07/03/roseanne-barr-despises-hillary-clinton-she-s-in-bed-with-cnn-and-saudi-arabia.html [thedailybeast.com]

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 15 2016, @07:40PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 15 2016, @07:40PM (#414643)

      Trump the Man is actually quite progressive. It really makes me wonder about the nature of the long con (since 1999 when he publicly moved away from the D team). He wasn't really in play politically when Clinton lost to Obama in the D primary, and then he gained political legitimacy among the wingnut crowd with the birther thing. People have been saying that Clinton started birther-ism. Seems like it's a team effort.

      Now he's imploding as planned. I suppose all I can think of it all is that at least Lyin' Ted didn't make it. Maybe it's for the best. I'll be voting third party as usual. Anybody who thinks that Trump is serious about being president has been conned. Note how he bounces back every time the R team starts thinking about replacing him as their nominee.

      My bet is that the "grab 'em by the pussy" tape was recorded a few days before it was "leaked."

      • (Score: 2) by NotSanguine on Saturday October 15 2016, @07:54PM

        by NotSanguine (285) <{NotSanguine} {at} {SoylentNews.Org}> on Saturday October 15 2016, @07:54PM (#414651) Homepage Journal

        Trump the Man is actually quite progressive. It really makes me wonder about the nature of the long con (since 1999 when he publicly moved away from the D team). He wasn't really in play politically when Clinton lost to Obama in the D primary, and then he gained political legitimacy among the wingnut crowd with the birther thing. People have been saying that Clinton started birther-ism. Seems like it's a team effort.

        Now he's imploding as planned. I suppose all I can think of it all is that at least Lyin' Ted didn't make it. Maybe it's for the best. I'll be voting third party as usual. Anybody who thinks that Trump is serious about being president has been conned. Note how he bounces back every time the R team starts thinking about replacing him as their nominee.

        My bet is that the "grab 'em by the pussy" tape was recorded a few days before it was "leaked."

        I suggest applying Hanlon's Razor [wikipedia.org] here. You're giving everyone *way* too much credit.
        The Dems don't have the gumption or the smarts to pull off something like that, and Trump is (as he has always been) an opportunist who will say whatever he thinks is necessary to get what he wants. Or haven't you been paying attention these past 30 or 40 years?

        It's ridiculous to theorize that the tape was recorded a few weeks ago, as the leaked tape [businessinsider.com] depicts Trump doing a cameo on a soap opera. This is a documented occurrence. Even more, Arianne Zucker [wikipedia.org] is now 42. There's no way she was 42 in the video I saw.

        You could have at least included time machines and alien abduction to make your scenario seem *more* plausible.

        --
        No, no, you're not thinking; you're just being logical. --Niels Bohr
  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 15 2016, @11:48AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 15 2016, @11:48AM (#414576)

    Exploding batteries. Who would have guessed it was intentional, this time.

    • (Score: 2) by SpockLogic on Saturday October 15 2016, @01:19PM

      by SpockLogic (2762) on Saturday October 15 2016, @01:19PM (#414587)

      Was the drone made by Samsung?

      --
      Overreacting is one thing, sticking your head up your ass hoping the problem goes away is another - edIII
    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 15 2016, @09:38PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 15 2016, @09:38PM (#414677)

      The fact that the ordnance was small enough to fit in a toy drone yet powerful enough to take out more than 4 guys reminds me of the origin of the term clusterfuck. [google.com]

      Did you know that there's also a military origin to the superstition about 3 on a match. [google.com]

      -- OriginalOwner_ [soylentnews.org]

    • (Score: 2) by driverless on Monday October 17 2016, @04:05AM

      by driverless (4770) on Monday October 17 2016, @04:05AM (#415083)

      Drones being used to kill people? The shame! The outrage! How can ISIS be left to get away with this, when no other civilised country would ever do something like this?