Drone strike


A drone strike is an attack by one or more unmanned combat aerial vehicles or weaponized commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). It usually involves firing a missile or releasing a bomb at a target.[1] The drone may be equipped with such weapons as guided bombs, cluster bombs, incendiary devices, air-to-surface missiles, air-to-air missiles, anti-tank guided missiles or other types of precision-guided munitions.

A Predator drone firing a Hellfire missile

Since the post-9/11 era, the United States have used drone strikes in such countries as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Iraq, Somalia, and Yemen using air-to-surface missiles.[2]

Drones strikes are used for targeted killings by several countries.[3] Drone strikes are used to in also, but also cause significant civilian casualties and often are directed at dissidents and journalists inconvenient for their users. [1][2]


  1. Agence France-Presse (14 March 2017). "US military deploys attack drones to South Korea". Defence Talk. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  2. Haltiwanger, John (18 December 2018). "America at war: The countries where the US took or gave fire in 2018". Business Insider. Insider Inc. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  3. "The global targeted killings bandwagon: who's next after France?". theconversation.com. 8 February 2017. Retrieved 23 March 2019.