WASHINGTON — The United States has deployed combat unmanned aerial vehicles in Iraq.
The Defense Department said the U.S. military has used both manned and unmanned aircraft amid the war against Al Qaida’s Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
The Pentagon said some of the unidentified UAVs were armed to
protect U.S. special operations forces in the field.
“The reason that some of those aircraft are armed is primarily for force
protection reasons now that we have introduced into the country some
military advisers whose objective will be to operate outside the confines of
the [U.S.] embassy,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said.
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