U.S. Begins Surveillance Flights Over Syria
A day after President Obama authorized the use of drones over Syria, they are conducing surveillance missions.
The Associated Press reported that the flights had started Tuesday, a move that could pave the way for airstrikes against Islamic State militants based in northern Syria. On Monday, the Syrian regime demanded that the U.S. seek permission before launching any airstrikes on its territory against Islamic State targets.
The U.S. began launching strikes against the Islamic State inside Iraq earlier this month, with Obama citing the threat to American personnel in the country and a humanitarian crisis in the north as his rationale. Top Pentagon officials have told the AP that the only way the threat from the militants can be fully eliminated is to go after the group inside neighboring Syria as well.[su_sky_ad]