U.S. Flying Armed Drones Over Baghdad
The Pentagon says the drones being flown over Baghdad are just to protect the U.S. embassy.
CBS News quotes the unidentified official as saying the flights, for now, do not represent the first step toward broader air strikes against extremist insurgents.
The armed Predator drones, with Hellfire missiles, departed from an air base in Kuwait, according to The New York Times. The official said the flights will augment about 40 unarmed reconnaissance flights over Iraq each day.
The higher U.S. military profile comes as Iraq’s top Shiite spiritual leader urged the country’s top political leaders to agree on the next prime minister before the new parliament opens next week.