U.S. Reportedly Gives Up Pakistan Drone Base
Posted on Apr 22, 2011
Following a suspected U.S. drone attack that slaughtered 25 people – including eight civilians – in northwest Pakistan, American military personnel have allegedly vacated the Pakistani Shamsi Air Base, a key hub for U.S. drone activity. —JCL
U.S. military personnel have left a southern base in Pakistan said to be a key hub for American drone operations in the country’s northwestern tribal areas, a senior Pakistani intelligence official told CNN on Friday.
Drones are said to take off and get refueled for operations against Islamic militants from the Shamsi Air Base in Pakistan’s Balochistan province.
News of a possible U.S. departure comes amid a public furor over American drone attacks, which have killed civilians.
U.S. Air Force Photo
A MQ-9 Reaper drone, shown above, is known for being a powerful “hunter-killer” of new targets.