U.S. Drones Patrolling Its Skies Provoke Outrage in Iraq

A month after the last American troops left Iraq,

the State Department is operating a small fleet of surveillance drones here to help protect the United States Embassy


and consulates,

as well as American personnel.

Some senior Iraqi officials expressed outrage at the program,

saying the unarmed aircraft are an affront to Iraqi sovereignty.

The program was described by the department’s diplomatic security branch

in a little-noticed section of its most recent annual report

and outlined in broad terms in a two-page online prospectus for companies

that might bid on a contract to manage the program …


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