Militants Drop Tipsheet for Ducking Drone Attacks
Tips include hiding under trees, painting cars with dirt
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2013 2:11 PM CST
In this Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010 file photo, a U.S. Predator drone flies over the moon above Kandahar Air Field, southern Afghanistan.   (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

(Newser) – Islamic militants fleeing northern Mali left behind a fascinating list—of al-Qaeda's tips for avoiding drone attacks, the AP reports. The tips themselves are nothing new—they've been posted on websites for a couple of years—but with Mali militants having them, it's clear how well-coordinated al-Qaeda is across continents and how good the tips are. One that AP notes: stretching mats on poles over the tops of cars, so drones can't spot them.

Al-Qaeda also advises hiding under trees and "painting" cars in dirt mixed with sugar-water to cover them in dirt. "These are not dumb techniques. It shows that they are acting pretty astutely," says a US colonel. "What it does is, it buys them a little bit more time—and in this conflict, time is key." What's more, the tipsheet notes that drones are valuable because they're relatively cheap, cause few US casualties, and ease "the pressure of public opinion." Click for the full list.

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19_56_19_55
Sep 4, 2013 10:59 AM CDT
I hope America has come up with a way that if the terrorist do some how find away to bring down a drone that it's not the joke it was when Iran got one for free. As smart as our techs are I hope they found away that if any of our drones are brought down when they try to open it up to do reverse engineering that it blows up and I mean blows up to the point that they wont want to open them up. Our drones should have self destruct after it losses contact with the tech. to build something so good and leave out a self destruct mechanism but make it in a way that if they try to open it up BOOM and if it gets away from a operator they can blow it up anywhere in the sky or on the ground.
BCWills
Feb 24, 2013 5:06 AM CST
that in no way proves that al-qaeda is well coordinated. In the same article it notes that these tips were put up for months on the internet. Wow, al-qaeda managed to put something on the internet and mali rebels managed to download it and print it! Look at what a well coordinated threat they are. This just serves as justification for military action. The truth is al-qaeda has ALWAYS been just about as organized as community college chess club or a small business's softball team.
NorCalHal
Feb 23, 2013 6:06 PM CST
MIGHT work if they are strickly photographic drones and not using radar, infrared or other metallic sensing technologies.