More drones than jet fighters for strikes

Posted on by on October 8th, 2012 | Comments Off

More drones than jet fighters for strikes. This is the trend which is being drawn by the USA in the current war against terrorism worldwide, and especially in Africa and Asia. The United States have been known to use UAVs to strike terrorists and camps, and this move may become even bolder as the US sees benefits in using drones instead of jet fighters. The inconvenience with jet fighters is that they are costly to operate, require multi level organizations for support and operations, as well as a nearby point of launch. Whereas the drone only requires a nearby point of launch, and is then flown by a military officer somewhere in the forests of Virginia. And if the drone is shot down, there is no risky business involved in trying to go save a pilot. So UAVs are the way to decided the US. And with technology pushing for this as well, including the suicide “killer drone”, we may see a rise in cleaning operations in Africa and the Middle East. What is also interesting is that costs of wars and attacks, for example to solve the situation in Mali, could well be reduced by the use of drones. Here is what the press says about the issue. The White House may extend its campaign of drone strikes against Al-Qaeda to target the desert bases of the group’s north African arm, the Washington Post reported Tuesday. A spokesman for President Barack Obama’s National Security Council would not confirm details of the debate, which The Post said involved officials from the Central Intelligence Agency, the State Department and the Pentagon. But NSC spokesman Tommy Vietor told AFP: “The president has been clear about his goal to destroy Al-Qaeda’s network and we work toward that goal every day. “It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the White House holds meetings on a variety of subjects, including a number of counterterrorism issues,” he added. A Pentagon official confirmed to AFP that discussion of Al-Qaeda’s north African wing had gained greater urgency since a deadly assault last month on a US consulate in Libya killed four Americans including the US ambassador. There is growing concern among American policymakers that Al-Qaeda’s African franchise has gained in influence and strength since taking control of large swaths of Mali and gaining control of weapons from post-revolutionary Libya. Northern and eastern Mali has been overrun by several rebel factions, including Islamist rebels linked to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa. With Defence Talk

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