Published: January 30, 2012
The State Department’s drone program in Iraq drew criticism from senior Iraqi officials who expressed their outrage saying they had not been consulted on the program and that the flights disrespect Iraqi sovereignty, according to an article by The New York Times.
A senior American official told the Times that negotiations were underway to gain Iraqi approval for the unmanned and unarmed aircraft used to provide security reconnaissance and surveillance for its sprawling Baghdad compound and area consulates, the report said.
The article also said that a Department report indicated a possible future expansion of unmanned drone operations in the region by the State Department.
Read more: U.S. drones patrolling its skies provoke outrage in Iraq by The New York Times.