This twice weekly roundup, curated by ReThink Media, looks at how the media is talking about drone warfare (and related topics) and what stories are being told.
With little transparency from governments on this topic, this roundup aims to be as comprehensive as possible, identifying breaking news, trends, developing stories, or interesting narratives. Rethink Media also use media coverage to compile a snapshot of strikes each week. The short version can be read here.
Months ago, a NPR report revealed a US airstrike that accompanied the raid that killed al-Baghdadi in Syria also killed two civilians and seriously wounded another. Three months later, the US military is finally launching a formal investigation. When Bakarat, the Syrian farmer who lost his arm in the strike, was informed of the investigation, he said: “I thought the issue had been forgotten… Now I feel there is someone caring about my life. There is humanity in the American people.”
A major international investigation has found compelling evidence that several of the United States’ key European allies in the war against so-called Islamic State routinely deny civilian harm from their own actions – even where specialist US military personnel within the international Coalition against ISIS have assessed such cases to be credible.
One fun thing (because we need it): The Chicago Aquarium closed due to coronavirus, so they let the penguins run around and check out the other exhibits.