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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