Photo Gallery Drones and the Future of War

Under former US President George W. Bush, the CIA used dubious methods, including the kidnapping and torture of suspects. President Barack Obama promised to clean things up, but the reality is a different story. Nowadays the CIA does its killing at the press of a button, with high-tech drone aircraft.
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The use of unmanned drones has become key to the US's war on terror. This photo shows a truck seen with a MQ-9 Reaper's camera during a training mission in Nevada.

Foto: Ethan Miller/ Getty Images
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A US Predator drone over Kandahar airfield in Afghanistan: The deployment of unmanned aircraft to kill terror suspects raises tough legal questions.

Foto: AP
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A funeral for victims of a drone attack in Pakistan: There have been 22 drone attacks in Pakistan in September 2010 alone, reportedly killing more than 100 people.

Foto: THIR KHAN/ AFP/Getty Images
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US President Barack Obama has made drones the centerpiece of his strategy in the fight against the Taliban and al-Qaida.

Foto: AP/Pete Souza, White House
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"Those operations are seriously disrupting al-Qaida," CIA Director Leon Panetta said in an interview with the Washington Post in March 2010. "It's pretty clear from all the intelligence we are getting that they are having a very difficult time putting together any kind of command and control, that they are scrambling. And that we really do have them on the run."

Foto: J. Scott Applewhite/ AP
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