Increasing Use Of Drones By Al-Shabab, Al-Qaeda's Affiliate In Somalia

September 8, 2022

Speaking at the UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting (informal meeting) on Transnational Activities of Terrorist Groups, Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis confirmed the use of drones by Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia, Al-Shabab.[1] The group's fighters have been reportedly using drones in reconnaissance missions and in attacks on Somali government forces.[2]

DeLaurentis, who is Senior Advisor for Special Political Affairs, United States Mission to the United Nations (UN), was quoted as saying: "Among new and emerging technologies, as we have heard, unmanned aerial systems (UAS) are particularly exploited by terrorist groups to facilitate attacks, conduct intelligence and develop propaganda." He added that terrorists were using modern technology to attack soft targets.



[1], September 1, 2022.

[2], September 4, 2022.

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