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US shifts drones from Iraq to Turkey: Pentagon

The United States has deployed Predator drones to Turkey from Iraq for surveillance flights in support of Ankara’s fight against Kurdish rebels, a Pentagon spokesman said Monday. With US forces withdrawing from Iraq by the end of the year, the four American unmanned aircraft will be shifted from an air field innorthern Iraq to the Incirlik air base in Turkey, Captain…

Ex-CIA chief acknowledges open secret — drones

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta on Friday acknowledged what has long been an open secret — that the CIA deploys armed Predator drones to hunt down Islamist militants. The US government officially declines to admit to the spy agency’s drone strikes, but Panetta — who served as Central Intelligence Agency…

U.S. begins using armed drones in Libya: Gates

(Reuters) – The United States is starting to use armed Predator drones in Libya to target Muammar Gaddafi’s forces after President Barack Obama approved their use, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday. The unmanned aircraft, already used to target militants along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan, will allow for more precise…

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