Friday, 2 August 2013

U.S. to limit drone missions

United States President Barack Obama has a timeline for ending the U.S. program of airstrikes by unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in a televised interview Aug. 1 following talks with the Pakistani government, Reuters reported...The program will likely end, hopefully soon, because the United States has eliminated most of the threats, Kerry said...Shortly after Kerry's interview, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman said that the United States would not deprive itself of a tool to fight a threat if it arises, Foreign Policy reported...The U.S. is correcting its path after a decade of targeted strikes by scaling back drone flights...Moving away from drones as a one-size-fits-all tool reflects both their effectiveness and the natural evolution of the global battlefield as high-value-targets become scarcer and foreign governments push back...Pakistan has resisted the ongoing use of drones over its airspace for many years and worry continued use could destabilise the country...The U.S. needs Pakistan to be amenable to cooperation in a post-U.S./ISAF reality in Afghanistan, removing drones will encourage greater bilateral cooperation.

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