- 4 May 2023
Analysis of “Towards an Armed Drone Code of Ethics: Eight Model Principles of Responsible Use” Report
The report highlights the urgent need for an Armed Drone Code of Ethics to address the ethical concerns surrounding the proliferation of armed drones, ensuring responsible use, transparency, and accountability in military operations and law enforcement.
- 19 Apr 2023
The changing landscape of air surveillance, digital warfare, and the RAF’s airstrikes: a commentary
Concerns about RAF airstrikes causing civilian casualties highlights the need for transparency, accountability, and critical engagement with surveillance technologies and global power dynamics.
- 7 Apr 2023
Decolonizing AI in Warfare: unveiling algorithmic anxieties and the perpetuation of neo-colonial violence
In this talk, Anthony Downey argues that AI perpetuates Western dominance and neo-colonial violence, particularly in UAVs and LAWs, and emphasises the need to examine colonial influences on machine vision and the delegation of decision-making to algorithms.
- 4 Apr 2023
British Government’s record on civilian casualties in Syria and Iraq questioned
An investigation by the Guardian and Airwars reveals discrepancies in the UK government's account of civilian casualties in airstrikes against ISIS in Syria and Iraq, raising questions about transparency and accountability in military operations.
- 3 Apr 2023
Dutch Ministry of Defense releases database on ISIS airstrikes, promotes transparency and accountability
The Dutch Ministry of Defense has recently released a database containing information on all 600 Dutch airstrikes against ISIS in Syria and Iraq. The database provides the date, time, location, and circumstances of the airstrikes and aims to provide greater transparency and accountability. The release comes amid increasing concern over civilian casualties resulting from the war against ISIS.
- 27 Mar 2023
Uncovering the hidden civilian casualties of the UK’s air war in Mosul – a review of the Guardian/AirWars investigation
The Guardian and Airwars' investigation uncovers hidden civilian casualties in the UK's air war in Mosul, challenging the claim of a flawless campaign and highlighting the need for transparency and accountability in military operations.
- 23 Mar 2023
Investigation uncovers civilian deaths linked to RAF airstrikes against IS in Mosul, contradicting UK claims of a “perfect” war
The Guardian, in partnership with non-profit watchdog Airwars, has conducted an investigation into the 2016-17 British airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq.
- 9 Jun 2022
45 Killed and 120 Injured in Helicopter-Supported Attack on Kaduna Villages, Nigeria
On Sunday 5 June, a large group of fighters armed with AK-47s arrived on motorbikes and opened fire on multiple villages in Nigeria's Kaduna state. As the inhabitants mobilised to repel the attack, a helicopter engaged in airstrikes against them, providing cover for the attackers. As of Thursday morning, locals count 45 people killed and 120 people injured.
- 7 Apr 2021
Latest figures show RAF airstrikes targeted 4,369 militants in Iraq and Syria since 2014; MOD maintains claim only one civilian killed
These new figures include 4,066 militants killed (93% of total), with 303 more militants wounded (7%).
- 17 Mar 2020
Claims by European allies of no civilian harm from airstrikes exposed
The UK, France and Belgium have refused to take responsibility for at least 40 deaths in 11 European strikes during 2017 and 2018, which the US-led Coalition officially says killed civilians, it has been reported.
- 7 Feb 2020
UK won’t say how many RAF bombs fail to explode – harms manufacturer’s ‘trade secrets’
UK Government won't say how many of its bombs failed to explode following air strikes in Iraq and Syria because it impacts “trade secrets” and relationship with arms producers.
- 7 Jan 2020
AOAV’s recommendations to the UK’s MOD in relation to air-strikes and casualty recording
A summary of AOAV's recommendation to the UK's Ministry of Defence in relation to casualty counting and air-strikes.