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BREAKING: U.S. to Begin Predator Strikes in Libya

Via a Reuters flash report. This is one way to keep American boots of the ground; and there’s no doubt, foreign-policy insiders all suggest, that Obama has generally loved the use of unmanned drones in Pakistan.

The United States is starting to use armed Predator drones in Libya to target Muammar Gaddafi’s forces after President Barack Obama approved their use, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Thursday.

The unmanned aircraft, already used to target militants along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan, will allow for more precise attacks against Gaddafi’s forces, Mr. Gates told a news conference.

“He [President Obama] has approved the use of armed Predators,” Mr. Gates said.

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entagon chief Robert Gates says President Barack Obama has approved the use of armed Predator drone aircraft in Libya.

Gates told a Pentagon news conference that the Predator is an example of the unique U.S. military capabilities that Obama is willing to contribute to a coalition military campaign in Libya, while other countries enforce a no-fly zone.

Marine Gen. James Cartwright, speaking alongside Gates, said the first Predator mission was scheduled for Thursday but it was scratched due to poor weather. Cartwright said the Predators allow low-level precision attacks on Libyan government forces.


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