A Look At The Drone War In Afghanistan

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    by War News Updates Editor

    The Air Force Men Who Fly Drones In Afghanistan By Remote Control -- The Telegraph

    The unmanned aircraft patrolling the skies above Afghanistan are controlled by pilots sitting in front of screens as far as 7,000 miles away

    Kandahar Airfield in southern Afghanistan is reckoned to be as busy as Gatwick. Every few minutes the cloudless skies are filled with the roar of a military fighter taking off – hugging the ground to avoid pot shots by the Taliban’s crude rockets before disappearing into the heat haze.

    In between there is a more persistent sound: the high-pitched whirr of 'drones’ – military aircraft without a human on board – as they head out for 18-hour stints monitoring the vast empty spaces of Afghanistan. This sound, generated by the aircraft’s tail propeller, is a constant white noise for the inhabitants of Kandahar Airfield.

    Read more ....Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph

    My Comment: An informative and comprehensive look at the drone war in Afghanistan.

    And most of them are flown by pilots sitting in comfy, air conditioned buildings at Creech AFB just north of Las Vegas.:cool:
     
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    CIA about to get a free pass in upcoming drone strikes in Pakistan...
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    CIA gets exception in upcoming drone strike ‘playbook’
    January 19, 2013 The Obama administration is nearing completion of a detailed counterterrorism manual that is designed to establish clear rules for targeted-killing operations but leaves open a major exemption for the CIA’s campaign of drone strikes in Pakistan, U.S. officials said.
     
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    No drone court...
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    Senate Republicans shoot down new court to oversee drone strikes
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