US drone - updates

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Another U.S. drone found off Zambales – report

Nov 13, 2016 - 9:04 AM

The yellow drone contains labels by the National Oceanographic Office of the United States

Taliban leader Mansour 'likely killed' in US drone strike

May 22, 2016 - 9:38 AM

Mullah Akhtar Mansour has been part of the Taliban movement from its start in the 1990s and has effectively been in charge since 2013

This handout file photo released by the Afghan Taliban in December 2015, which was taken on a mobile phone in mid-2014 is said to show Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour posing for a photograph at an undisclosed location in Afghanistan. Photo from Afghan Taliban/ AFP

DFA: SAF plan and execution ‘100% Filipino’

Feb 23, 2015 - 1:56 PM

Updated Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Evan Garcia stresses however that ‘intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance’ are within the ambit of the US Philippines cooperation

COOPERATION. Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Evan Garcia tells senators on February 23, 2015, that the US helping gather intelligence is part of the PH-US cooperation agreement. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

US drone washes up on PH beach, 2nd in January

Jan 23, 2015 - 3:14 PM

The drone found by fishermen in Cagayan province is similar to the one found in Quezon province earlier and which the US embassy confirmed is owned by the US Navy

ANOTHER DRONE: A target drone washes up off Cagayan province. Photo from the local PNP Facebook page

US drone washes up on PH beach; US says it came from Guam

Jan 06, 2015 - 4:55 PM

The US embassy in Manila confirms it is a drone of the US Navy but says it is a target drone not a surveillance drone

UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE. A BQM-74E Chukar III is launched from a US Navy ship in Japan. The drones are painted orange so that they will be easier to see in the water and can be recovered. File photo from Wikimedia Commons

US drone strike kills 5 in northwest Pakistan

Dec 20, 2014 - 3:16 PM

Security officials warn that the death toll is expected to rise

An ambulance arrives to carry the bodies of convicted militants who were hanged in central jail, in Faisalabad, Pakistan, 19 December 2014. Photo Ilyas Sheikh/ EPA

US drones over Baghdad as Iraq battles for Tikrit

Jun 28, 2014 - 4:50 PM

Thousands of soldiers are advancing on Tikrit which was overrun by insurgents led by the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ISIS more than two weeks ago along with a swathe of northern and north central Iraq

An image grab taken from a propaganda video released on March 17, 2014 by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)'s al-Furqan Media allegedly shows ISIS fighters raising their weapons as they stand on a vehicle mounted with the trademark Jihadists flag at an undisclosed location in the Anbar province. Al-Furqan Media/AFP

30,000 flee Pakistan offensive against Taliban

Jun 18, 2014 - 11:38 PM

The military has deployed troops tanks and jets in North Waziristan on the border with Afghanistan in a long awaited crackdown on the Taliban and other militants in the tribal area

500 'Qaeda' killed, aid needed – Yemen army

Jun 05, 2014 - 9:27 PM

We will press on with our war against Al Qaeda especially in the regions that militants fled to Colonel Saeed al Fakeih says

WAR ON TERROR. Yemeni Army spokesman Saeed al-Faqih says his country’s forces have killed a total of 500 suspected al-Qaeda militants and wounded 100 others in an all-out offensive last May in the southern provinces of Shabwa and Abyan. Photo by Yahya Arhab/ EPA

Drone kills 15 'Qaeda', 3 civilians in Yemen

Apr 19, 2014 - 3:50 PM

Drone strikes have been criticized for mistakenly killing dozens of civilians

Duterte says no to US drones

Aug 13, 2013 - 12:33 PM

I do not want it I do not want trouble and killings

TOUGH MAYOR. Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte with the soldiers released by the NPA in the hinterlands of Davao City. Photo by Karlos Manlupig/Rappler

Drone 'not missing' - US Navy

Jan 09, 2013 - 6:03 PM

DFA chief Albert del Rosario says there should be no sovereignty issue because the drone did not fly over Philippine territory

ADRIFT AT SEA. Military officials believe the drone was 'long adrift at sea due to the presence of barnacles’ growth on its fuselage.' Photo courtesy of Naval Forces Souther Luzon

Partylist reps call for Senate probe on US drone

Jan 08, 2013 - 3:29 PM

Bayan Muna accuses the US military of violating the territorial sovereignty of the Philippines

US DRONE IN MASBATE. This handout photo released by Philippine National Police (PNP) Masbate on January 7, 2013 shows Philippine fishermen preparing to unload from their wooden boat an unmanned aerial vehicle, which Philippine naval and police authorities believe is a US drone, after it was recovered in waters off San Jacinto town, Masbate province, central Philippines. AFP PHOTO/PNP-MASBATE/PO3 ERWIN YUSI RIVERA

Drone launched from Guam in 2012 - US

Jan 08, 2013 - 10:30 AM

UPDATED The US embassy says the unarmed target drone found off Masbate last Sunday was launched during a military exercise in Guam on Sept 19 2012


Rappler Newscast | January 7, 2013

Jan 07, 2013 - 8:50 PM

Fishermen recover a US drone in waters off the central Philippines | After a series of shootings President Aquino needs more time to consider a total gun ban law | The Philippine stock exchange breaks the 6 000 level

US drone crashes off Masbate - police

Jan 07, 2013 - 3:35 PM

2nd UPDATE The US embassy says this type of vehicle is not armed and not used for surveillance

UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE. A BQM-74E Chukar III is launched from a US Navy ship in Japan. The drones are painted orange so that they will be easier to see in the water and can be recovered. File photo from Wikimedia Commons

(UPDATED) US drones kill 12 Taliban in Pakistan - officials

Jan 06, 2013 - 5:43 PM

The missile attack took place in Babar Ghar village in South Waziristan a tribal district bordering Afghanistan which is a stronghold of Taliban and Al Qaeda linked militants

US drone strikes go down in Pakistan, up in Yemen

Dec 28, 2012 - 6:47 AM

46 drone strikes were carried out in Pakistan this year while Yemen witnessed 53

US drone kills 4 militants in NW Pakistan: officials

May 26, 2012 - 8:25 AM

The attack took place in a known hide out of Taliban and Al Qaeda linked militants Pakistani officials said

Obama aide: drone strikes are legal, ethical

May 01, 2012 - 6:52 AM

The Obama administration has ordered more openness about the secretive drone war pounding Al Qaeda in Pakistan saying it s legal and ethical