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There is a spectrum of responses to killing far-off enemies

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Published interview. Peter Lee, Professor of Applied Ethics, appeared in The Psychologist’s pages in 2017, highlighting the moral engagement of drone pilots in remote warfare, encouraging us to go beyond the knee-jerk reaction of assuming drone pilots dehumanise their targets from behind a screen. In his letter, Lee referred to the field research he has conducted with British drone crews. This is now incorporated into Lee’s book, Reaper Force – The Inside Story of Britain’s Drone Wars, which includes interviews with drone crews from operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. Lee’s book offers a unique insight into what it’s really like to conduct lethal drone strikes against members of Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (better known as ISIS) and the Taliban.

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