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US retires Predator drones after 15 years that changed the ‘war on terror’ | The Guardian
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US retires Predator drones after 15 years that changed the ‘war on terror’ | The Guardian

The Predator is dead; long live the Reaper. The retirement of the antiquated Predator drone MQ-1, which is to be withdrawn from service in July and replaced by the more capable MQ-9 Reaper, is giving military analysts an opportunity to review the mixed history of a weapon that has long been associated with low-cost war, a sense of disembodiment from conflict, and for inflicting a high number of civilian casualties.

“There’s a perception in large parts of the American political system that drone campaigns are more or less free, but that’s not true,…

Source: US retires Predator drones after 15 years that changed the ‘war on terror’ | World news | The Guardian