Drones to target Taliban on both sides of border

 
WASHINGTON: In a major strategy shift, the US military has moved away the focus of its drone strikes from Al Qaeda in Afghanistan to the Taliban on both sides of the Pak-Afghan border, the US media reported on Thursday.
 
A dozen more drones are being sent to Afghanistan by the US Central Command, which oversees US military operations in the region. — Photo by AP/File

A dozen more drones are being sent to Afghanistan by the US Central Command, which oversees US military operations in the region. — Photo by AP/File

To turn up the heat on the Taliban, the US Central Command, which oversees US military operations in the region, is sending a dozen more drones to Afghanistan, according to the Los Angeles Times.

These include some currently used in Iraq and represent a 25 per cent increase in the Predator fleet in Afghanistan.

A preliminary review by the US military has concluded that the command in Afghanistan requires up to four times as many Predators as it currently has to beat the militants.

The aircraft redeployment means Afghan insurgents that have launched deadly attacks against the US will for the first time be hunted down by ‘dozens of drones capable of remaining over a target for hours undetected, identifying key individuals, and firing missiles within a matter of seconds,’ the Times reported.

The change comes after US military commanders concluded their efforts were too focussed on tracking down Al Qaeda targets, rather than strengthening Afghanistan and Pakistan in fighting the militants. But officials said defeating the terror group responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, still remained America’s top priority, the report added.

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One Response to “Drones to target Taliban on both sides of border”

  1. I'm a Linda too Says:

    I guess Obama is playing Osama Bin Forgotten, too. Forget Al Qaeda, forget Osama and forget…what was that “reaching out to moderate Taliban”.

    Uh….excuse me Obama, what is your goal here that we are at war with a country and killing, maming it’s citizens, bombing their livlihoods, for WHAT is it? (crickets)

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