The ‘sinister’ new generation of weapons that countries are developing

  • Peter Lee
  • The Conversation*

A US drone with a Hellfire missile

Credit, Getty Images

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A US drone with a Hellfire missile like the one used against Ayman al-Zawahiri

The death this month of Al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri in a CIA drone strike was the latest US response to the attacks on the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001.

Politically, the death has heightened the distrust that exists between American leaders and the Taliban government in Afghanistan.

The death also exposed commitments made in the 2020 Doha peace agreement signed by the US and the Taliban.

But another story is emerging, with broader implications: the speed and nature of international weapons development.

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