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US flying "a few" armed drones over Baghdad: Official

Published on Jun 28, 2014 12:24 AM
 

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US military is flying "a few" armed drones over Baghdad to defend American troops and diplomats in the Iraqi capital if necessary, a senior US official said on Friday.

"For the last 24 to 48 hours, we've started that," the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP.

The move comes after the United States deployed 180 troops as military advisers in recent days to help the Iraqi government army fend off the advance of Sunni militants, who have captured territory north and west of the capital.

But officials said the armed drones would not be used to carry out offensive strikes on Sunni extremists, a move that would require a decision by President Barack Obama.

 
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