From: Biniam Haile \(SWE\) (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Jul 21 2005 - 16:08:20 EDT
'US' spy plane crashes in Somalia
Thu, 25 Dec 2008 17:56:33 GMT
An unmanned surveillance aircraft controlled by nearby US warships, has
come down in the southern Somali town of Baidoa, reports say.
The drone crashed near the town's main airstrip calling the attention of
the onlooking soldiers, a Press TV correspondent reported in Somalia.
Holding back reporters, the soldiers took the remains to their bases,
The aircraft, spotted by the locals on a daily basis, are suspected to
be manned from the United States warships which patrol Somalia's
The US has tasked half a dozen of the vessels with fighting the Somali
pirates. However, with the piracy still going strong, speculations have
been fueled that the presence serves other motives.
The drones were reportedly first operated in 2006 after an Ethiopian
intervention in support of the country's embattled leadership, that was
followed by the ouster of the insurgents.
The reports coincide with the insurgents' regaining ground in the
violence-hit country and the daily weakening of the transitional
SIERRA VISTA, AZ - OCTOBER 30: The new MQ-9 Predator B, an unmanned
surveillance aircraft system, unveiled by the U.S. Customs and Border
Protection (CBP), takes off at Libby Army Airfield at Ft. Huachuca
October 30, 2006 in Sierra Vista, Arizona. CBP will use the new MQ-9
Predator aircraft to patrol the southern border of the United Sates in
order to stop the illegal entry of thousands of Mexican nationals and
drug runners who use the vast expanses of the Sonoran desert to cross
into southern Arizona, daily. The new unarmed plane flew briefly for the
press to show off its surveillance capabilities by pilots of the
contractor, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems. Agents of CBP will
start training on the use of the aircraft very soon. The Predator will
start full scale flight operations along the Mexico-Arizona border
today. (Photo by Gary Williams/Getty Images) From Getty Images.
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