Use of UAVs by African extremist organizations: reconnaissance and attack

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 Use of UAVs by African extremist organizations: reconnaissance and attack


According to the New American Foundations UAV World project, a Washington-based think tank, this seems to confirm for the first time the use of UAVs by extremist groups in Africa. Chapters on non-state actors in the project report point out that Libyan militants are reported to have used UAVs in reconnaissance in this troubled North African country.

Armed personnel of the terrorist organization Boko Holy Land in Nigeria

With the increasing use of armed drones by the United States and other countries in combating terrorist organizations linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State in West Africa, the Nigerian military has also equipped its own armed drones.

The extremist group Islamic State has been using UAVs. According to the New American Foundation project, extremist Islamic groups operating in Syria and Iraq last year were found to have a formal drone unit, and Hossein forces in Yemen have attacked a Saudi warship using drones.

In August this year, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was assassinated in an attempted speech and two explosive-laden UAVs exploded, triggering another round of global panic about the threat of UAVs.