U.S. Drones Spotted Over Somalia; Pres. Obama Issues Executive Order

By:  Joe Wolverton, II
07/27/2012
       
U.S. Drones Spotted Over Somalia; Pres. Obama Issues Executive Order

Drones believed to belong to the United States have been spotted flying over Somalia in violation of a UN arms embargo. President Obama has issued an executive order aiming to aid the peace and stability of that nation.

Drones believed to belong to the United States have been spotted flying over Somalia in violation of a UN arms embargo. President Obama has issued an executive order aiming to aid the peace and stability of that nation.

 

Not a single day passes without a new story about the increase in the global and domestic use of drones.  On July 24, the Washington Post published an article describing the congestion of the skies over Somalia caused by drone traffic. The situation is so bad, says the Post, that there is a “danger to air traffic” in the area.

An additional problem posed by the proliferation of the unmanned aircraft above the east African nation is that their presence might be evidence of a violation of a 1992 United Nations Security Council arms embargo still in effect.

The article in the Post cites a UN report in which officials of the international body recount several instances where collisions between drones and commercial aircraft or objects on the ground were “narrowly averted.” One such incident involved a drone and a passenger plane flying above Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia.

The authors of the report of the investigation did not directly implicate the United States. That said, the report indicated that “at least two of the unmanned aircraft appeared to be U.S.-manufactured and suggested that Washington has been less than forthcoming about its drone operations in Somalia.”

According to the report, there have been 64 unauthorized drone deployments, fighter jet missions or attack helicopter flights recorded in Somalia since June 2011. At least 10 of the documented flights involved drones.

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