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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-10-2008, 01:53 PM Thread Starter
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Can someone better versed in military stuff explain this?

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080610/ts_ ... ssile_dc_2

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PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - A pilotless U.S. drone was suspected to have fired a missile into a Pakistani area on the Afghan border on Tuesday, but there was no word on the target or casualties, a government official said.

The missile was thought to have been fired into the Mohmand ethnic Pashtun tribal area in northwest Pakistan
where this year, U.S.-controlled Predator aircraft have struck at least four sites used by al Qaeda operatives, killing dozens of suspected militants.

"There was an attack by a spy plane close to the Afghan border but we don't have information about casualties or damage," said the government official based in the region. He declined to be identified.

Mohmand has not been a hotbed of support for al Qaeda and the Taliban but militants are known to operate there.

A Pakistani military spokesman said there had been a clash in the area but on the Afghan side of the border, where Afghan forces had been battling militants.

Neither U.S. nor Pakistani authorities usually confirm U.S. missile attacks on Pakistani territory, which would be an infringement of Pakistani sovereignty.

(Reporting by Shams Mohmand and Kamran Haider; Writing by Robert Birsel)

Can someone explain this article? I didn't know we had pilotless drones firing missiles at other countries. And that last paragraph, no one confirms if we fire on them or not?!


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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-10-2008, 02:22 PM
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The pilotless drone is actually a radio controlled plane which is often used as a means of gathering intelligence or, as in this case, used to fire rockets.

I know that they are used in Afghanistan or Iraq, didn't know that they were being used in Pakistan.


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I did a quick search and found this informative article for you.
As an aside, I think the telemetry, command, and control links are usually via satellite these days, with ground-based radio link available as a backup.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-10-2008, 06:59 PM Thread Starter
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Those do help explain, thanks!


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