More US drones head to Libya

AP News
Posted: Aug 17, 2011 5:37 PM
More US drones head to Libya

The U.S. military has sent two more armed Predator drones to the Libya conflict in response to requests from commanders seeking more intelligence-gathering capabilities.

Defense officials say the additional drones will give commanders more flexibility as well as the ability to have several unmanned aircraft in the air at one time, covering more ground.

President Barack Obama approved the use of armed drones in the Libya conflict in April. Since then, they have flown routine surveillance operations, but they can strike targets when needed.

The Pentagon said the U.S. has flown nearly 1,200 strike operations over Libya, dropping bombs 242 times since April 1. There have been 92 Predator strikes since late April.

The U.S. also operates unarmed drones for intelligence-gathering in the region.