White House Confirms US Has Drones In Ethiopia

By: AP
By: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House confirms that the U.S. military has unmanned drone aircraft in Ethiopia, but says no strike missions are being launched from the East African country.

Spokesman Jay Carney says the aircraft are in Ethiopia to promote stability in the Horn of Africa and to counter terrorism.

Drones are often called the weapon of choice in President Barack Obama's administration, which quadrupled drone strikes against al-Qaida targets in Pakistan's lawless tribal areas.

The unmanned planes are controlled from military bases that can be as far away as the U.S. They can fly undetected at heights of up to 50,000 feet, far above that of most manned aircraft.

The existence of U.S. military drones in Ethiopia was first reported by The Washington Post.


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  • by Bradman on Oct 28, 2011 at 05:52 PM
    You know the left wears blinders when it comes to their own. They probably think Obama is stopping people from hurting trees or companies from making a profit.
  • by Ed on Oct 28, 2011 at 04:54 PM
    So, are we figuring out that all presidents enforce the same agenda? By the way get ready to see a lot more presidential directives that bypass congress.
  • by hmm on Oct 28, 2011 at 12:31 PM
    Obama got the nobel peace prize, this is classic. If people consider Bush a war criminal what the hell do they consider Obumbles.
  • by hmm on Oct 28, 2011 at 12:31 PM
    Obama got the nobel peace prize, this is classic. If people consider Bush a war criminal what the hell do they consider Obumbles.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 28, 2011 at 11:08 AM
    Are we supposed to act surprised? When the USA occupies every country on the planet, what excuse will its use for more bombings?
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