How will drones change the future of violence? Inexpensive military drones made a significant difference in last year's conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan and are reportedly being used now by Ethiopia to take back territory captured by Tigrayan rebels. Drones are also being used by nonstate actors, often with ambiguous accountability. Last November, for example, drones laden with explosives were used to try to assassinate the Iraqi prime minister. Although the U.S. quickly blamed Iran-linked militias in Iraq for the drone attack on the Iraqi prime minister, further investigation suggested that Iran did not authorize the attack and in fact strongly opposed it, underscoring the increasingly slippery nature of drone warfare.
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