Defence policy ; Targeted killings via drone becoming ‘normalised’ – report

 

Drone Wars says UK and US has developed ‘easy narrative’ for targeted assassinations


The report’s author has called on the government to release its policy on drone targeted killing and to respond to questions about its ‘kill list’. Photograph: Josh Smith/Reuters

Dan Sabbagh
Sun 19 Jan 2020

The report’s author has called on the government to release its policy on drone targeted killing and to respond to questions about its ‘kill list’. Photograph: Josh Smith/Reuters

Targeted assassinations via drone strikes, such as the killing of Iran’s Qassem Suleimani, have become progressively normalised with the help of official secrecy, government propaganda and some uncritical press coverage, according to a report.

In The Frame, published by pressure group Drone Wars, concludes that “an easy narrative for targeted killing” had been constructed by the UK and the US during the conflict with Islamic State, where several high-profile individuals were killed by drones and the existence of a British “kill list” emerged.

Chris Cole, the director of Drone Wars, said it helped reinforce the justifications for the US assassination of Suleimani, the leader of the Quds Force in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, earlier this month.
“It is surely unarguable now that drones have enabled and normalised a culture of targeted killing which is eroding international law norms and making the world a more dangerous place,” Cole said. He argued the recent strike could usher in a violent “new era in drone warfare”.

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