U.S. Drones Patrolling Its Skies Provoke Outrage In Iraq...

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    A month after the last American troops left Iraq, the State Department is operating a small fleet of surveillance drones here to help protect the United States Embassy and consulates, as well as American personnel. Some senior Iraqi officials expressed outrage at the program, saying the unarmed aircraft are an affront to Iraqi sovereignty.

    The program was described by the department’s diplomatic security branch in a little-noticed section of its most recent annual report and outlined in broad terms in a two-page online prospectus for companies that might bid on a contract to manage the program. It foreshadows a possible expansion of unmanned drone operations into the diplomatic arm of the American government; until now they have been mainly the province of the Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency...


    The United States, which will soon begin taking bids to manage drone operations in Iraq over the next five years, needs formal approval from the Iraqi government to use such aircraft here, Iraqi officials said. Such approval may be untenable given the political tensions between the two countries. Now that the troops are gone, Iraqi politicians often denounce the United States in an effort to rally support from their followers.

    A senior American official said that negotiations were under way to obtain authorization for the current drone operations, but Ali al-Mosawi, a top adviser to Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki; Iraq’s national security adviser, Falih al-Fayadh; and the acting minister of interior, Adnan al-Asadi, all said in interviews that they had not been consulted by the Americans.

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    I thought we were out of Iraq?
     
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    I think all the battle equipment and troops have left. We likely have advisors still on the ground...and the US Embassy.
     
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    We just takin' a look-see so's Iran don't get any ideas `bout invadin' Iraq, dey oughta be thankin' us...
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    US State Department using UAVs to patrol Iraqi skies
    Tue, Jan 31, 2012 - A month after the last US troops left Iraq, the US Department of State is operating a small fleet of surveillance drones here to help protect its embassy and consulates, as well as US personnel. Senior Iraqi officials expressed outrage at the program, saying the unarmed aircraft are an affront to Iraqi sovereignty.
     
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