UN special envoy on extrajudicial executions calls for legal rules to curb rampant global use of combat drones
Under the Bush administration, in the "Global war on terrorism" begun using combat drones to monitor, hunt down and kill suspected adversaries and. The use of combat drones became particularly popular for targeting Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters in the Pakistani area bordering Afghanistan, without having to officially declare war operations in Pakistan. The Pakistani government has so far tolerated this undeclared drone warfare, seeing the cross-border use of U.S. soldiers and manned aircraft as a violation of sovereignty.
Drones have become the first successful remotely piloted robotic systems for the U.S. military, while existing ground combat robots have not yet been deployed. Year after year, more and more unarmed and armed drones were deployed in conflict zones. Under U.S. President Obama, the waging of war with drones to kill potential adversaries has been further expanded, while hunting them down obeys the maxim that it is better to kill them than to capture them, so as not to run into new problems in dealing with detained "enemy combatants" to advised. Politically, targeted killing seems to be more practical and harmless than capture.