Sunday, April 24, 2011

U.S. makes the first attack drone in Libya

Washington. .- EE. UU. today made the first attack drone in Libya, two days after authorizing the use of aircraft "Predator" against troops loyal to leader Muammar Gaddafi, the Pentagon said in a statement. The Defense Department gave no details on the objectives of the attack and said only that had happened at noon in Libya.

The U.S. defense secretary. UU., Robert Gates, on Thursday approved sending aircraft "Predator" to Libya. The Pentagon official said the first mission was scheduled for later on Thursday, but was delayed due to bad weather. Deputy Chief of Joint Staff, General James Cartwright, told a joint news conference with Gates on Thursday that "Predator" are specially armed for more precise attacks against troops loyal to Qadhafi and cuts "at least" collateral damage in urban areas.

The rebels fighting troops fail to advance positions Gaddafi despite the international support operation launched last month and coordinated by NATO. The drones have been used extensively in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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