lunes, 11 de febrero de 2013

Secret American drone airbase in Saudi Arabia exposed

The American media has been in an uproar over the past week over reports on the existence of a secret American drone base built in Saudi Arabia for launching unmanned aerial reconnaissance and strike missions against Al-Qaida targets in Yemen and perhaps other countries such as Iran. Since the news came out, reporters and bloggers have been feverishly searching satellite footage documenting the base's existence, but it hasn't been easy. There are no aircraft to be seen in the pictures but the base contains three clamshell-shaped hangars, large enough to contain Predator or Reaper drones, the types most typically used by the United States Air Force and Central Intelligence Agency when conducting secret activity in the region, as well as, two relatively short runways. The base apparently supports missions over Yemen but the range of the drones would enable them to fly over other nations, including crossing the Persian Gulf to Iran. (Read more)