This is an extract from the Bureau’s report, Naming The Dead, published in April 2018, written by Jack Serle
The phenomenal assassination tool that is the attack drone was born of frustration – the inability of the US to kill Osama bin Laden.
The CIA and its Afghan militia allies were pretty sure they knew where he was, training would-be suicide bombers in his Afghan hideout. Whenever they did get a read on his location, albeit briefly, it was thanks to the CIA’s small fleet of surveillance Predator drones. They could fly high and for more than 12 hours on end, constantly filming the scene below them and sending the footage back to the US.
But the CIA could never pin down his location long enough for bombers or cruise missiles to be called in to do anything about it. The solution? Add anti-tank missiles to the