Pakastan closes US base for Launching ‘Armed Drone’ attacks against terrorist targets

Posted on June 30, 2011 by

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Obama loses his Drone launch pad

Pakistan has stopped the United States from using an air base in the southwest of the country which it is alleged to have used to launch controversial drone strikes, according to the country’s defence minister.

Ahmed Mukhtar told journalists on Wednesday that US officials had been told to leave the Shamsi base in the southwestern province of Baluchistan, Pakistani state media reported.

The UK’s Financial Times newspaper quoted Mukhtar as saying that Pakistan had ended US drone flights out of base, long reported to have been used for a campaign of air strikes targeting al-Qaeda and the Taliban fighters in the northwest region along the Afghan border.

“No US flights are taking place from Shamsi any longer. If there have to be flights from the base, it will only be Pakistani flights,” Mukhtar said.  Keep Reading

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