Why Are Armed Drones Not Being Used In Iraq?
Why Are Armed Drones Not Being Used In Iraq?
FKA Twigs Releases Sparse, Melodic New Song, 'Figure 8'
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When it comes to fighting the radical Islamic State in Iraq, the Obama administration has seemed less reliant on missile-firing drones than it has in the past. Experts say that one reason why the U.S. military hasn't used armed drones more widely in Iraq this time around may be because drones are no longer an effective weapon, given the size and scope of the Islamic State. Phillip Lohaus, a former analyst with the U.S. military in Iraq, told Mashable "The nature of the Islamic State has grown to such an extent that it’s no longer just pinpoint strikes that drones can take out. It requires more."
FKA Twigs unveiled "Figure 8," another new track from her upcoming EP, on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 radio show Monday. The LP1 singer also spoke about what inspired the darkly sparse yet melodic "Figure 8" as well as her plans for new music. Twigs said, "I wrote 'Figure 8' after I finished LP1, maybe four or five months later. It's called 'Figure 8' because obviously eight represents eternity and I was just feeling actually quite sad and feeling a bit lost, because after you release a record you get thrown into this weird world and it's difficult to keep hold of who you are and what you want to do."
Woody Allen unveiled the cast of his latest untitled film, which will begins shooting this month on location in New York and Los Angeles. The film marks a return to New York for Allen, who has pledged in the past not to shoot in the Big Apple due to its prohibitive expense. His last few films have taken place in places like Rhode Island, San Francisco, France and the U.K. But the film also marks an even longer-in-the-making return to Los Angeles. The last time Allen shot in Los Angeles was for scenes in 1977's Annie Hall, a film that took comedic aim at the city's lack of culture.
A Connecticut man linked by federal authorities to The French Connection heroin ring that spawned an Oscar-winning film of the same name is fighting to have a new drug case against him dismissed, even though he's pleaded guilty. Seventy-four-year-old Alfred Catino, of Danbury, was among 16 people busted in Connecticut in 2012 for distributing marijuana, cocaine and oxycodone in Fairfield County. He pleaded guilty to a drug conspiracy charge last year and faces seven to nine years in prison. Catino says in motions pending in federal court in Bridgeport that wiretap and arrest warrants in his case were based on misleading information provided by federal investigators.
Donald Trump stands poised to win at least one campaign competition on Tuesday: center stage at the first Republican primary debate, the biggest victor of Fox News’s selection process for 10 of 17 conservative candidates. Fox News will announce the chosen candidates sometime after 5pm ET on Tuesday, having used five national polls to determine the 10 leading candidates who will stand on stage. The cable news network has not said which polls it will use, leaving several straggling candidates concerned they won’t qualify for the debate. Ahead of the main event in Cleveland, Ohio on Thursday, Fox News will hold an early event for the candidates who failed to make the cut – a distinction that both Chris Christie and Rick Perry, the New Jersey governor and longtime former Texas governor, are anxious to avoid.
The family of Sandra Bland has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the trooper that arrested her and other authorities. Bland died last month in a Texas jail three days after a confrontational traffic stop. Filed in a Houston area federal court, the suit claims the trooper acted recklessly in arresting Bland and that jailers showed "conscious disregard" for her safety. The suit holds Waller County and the state's Department of Public Safety as being liable for her death. Authorities ruled that Bland hanged herself in her cell, but her relatives have disputed the finding.
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