Original Article Post Date:
20 September, 2013
Lt. Col. Geoffrey Barnes, Detachment 1 46th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Attack Squadron commander, performs a pre-flight inspection of an MQ-1B Predator unmanned drone aircraft in this file image from September 3, 2008. In the rugged mountains of western Pakistan, missiles launched by unmanned Predator or Reaper drones have become so commonplace that some US counterterrorism officials liken them to
The governments of Yemen, Afghanistan and the United States boast about major advances in the fight against terrorism, mainly Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and the Taliban and other insurgents in Afghanistan, as a result of predator drone attacks targeting senior leaders and counter-terrorism operations on the ground.