Obama escalates Libyan war – sends in the drones

April 22, 2011 05:47

The US is deploying armed Predator drones to Libya, but Col Gaddafi’s government says these will cause more civilian casualties.

From BBC News


Mr Gates said their use had been authorised by President Barack Obama and would give “precision capability” to the military operation.

Unmanned US drones are already used to target militants along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

Libyan rebels have been battling Col Gaddafi’s troops since February but have recently made little headway.

“President Obama has said that where we have some unique capabilities, he is willing to use those,” Mr Gates told a news conference.

He said two Predators were being made available to Nato as needed, and marked a “modest contribution” to the military operations.


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