Monday, September 5, 2011

Revealed: Australians at the console of Kill TV, when drone strikes take out Afghan targets

Special forces are involved in this silent and deadly form of 21st century warfare, their commander confirms to Rafael Epstein.

Australia's special forces commander has defended his troops' use of US drones to kill insurgent leaders in southern Afghanistan, a deadly military tactic that gives the enemy no chance to surrender.

Major-General Peter ''Gus'' Gilmore confirmed his senior officers have used missiles, fired from unmanned US aircraft, and defended the tactics and intelligence used when his soldiers go out on missions to ''capture or kill'' Taliban fighters.

''Sometimes it will be an aerial strike, sometimes it will be committing a ground force, sometimes it will be to be patient and wait,'' he said in an interview with the Herald. more