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The Iranian government announced earlier in the year it has started UAV development

Iran remains a nation closely watched by the United States and the rest of the western world, especially now that the country is developing a more sophisticated unmanned drone program. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is concerned with the progress of Iranian drone development, and there is a growing concern the drone technology could be sold to terrorist groups.

"Countries like Iran are developing their own UAVs and already have a UAV capability," said Gates, speaking in front of the Senate Appropriations Committee.  "That is a concern, because it is one of these areas where -- if they chose to, in Iraq, in Afghanistan -- they could create difficulties for us."

The country began development in February, seeking to manufacture "advanced" UAVs able to conduct surveillance and coordinated strikes.  Furthermore, if the country is successful in developing nuclear weapons, there is a grave concern the drones could one day be used to attack major targets.  

Even so, the U.S. military has an advanced air fleet that should be capable of shooting down the drones according to military analysts.

The U.S. military continually uses UAVs in coordinated airstrikes in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, with the Pakistani military expected to receive UAV technology from the U.S.  Russia also is developing advanced UAVs for future use, with European news reports specifically mentioning their use to prevent attacks from terrorists based in Chechnya.

It's also possible UAVs will be used to patrol the Somali coast to help locate and identify pirates before they are able to hijack commercial vessels. 

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RE: Fixed.
By MrBlastman on 4/7/2010 11:40:22 PM , Rating: 2
Dude - you a racist idiot

Since when is Islam a specific race. Last time I checked, someone who practices it can be white, black, hispanic, asian or whatever.

The individuals responsible for 9/11 are a fanatical group that just happens to worship Islam.

Islam is the poison, the fanatics that abuse it, just stir the poison right and manipulate it in their favor. Did you not know there are two versions of the Qur'an--an English, and an Arabic. The Arabic version is _far_ different in certain places. It is dark, forboding and shows a nasty side to the religion.

Muslims, in general, are a peace loving group

They are? Tell that to the women who are stoned to death for wearing a wrong piece of clothing, or disobeying their husband. Tell that to the women who are buried up to their necks, while men are only buried up to their waists, where if the man or woman manages to escape the circle of stoning before dying, they are absolved and get to live.

The women... have no chance. They are purposefully given no chance at escape.

There is no peace in Islam. It is a sick, twisted mess of a "religion" that is incredibly barbaric and nasty.

RE: Fixed.
By Spivonious on 4/8/2010 11:34:30 AM , Rating: 2
Geez, ever read the Bible?

What about the Crusades? What about the violence in Ireland? Islam is not the only religion with fanatical groups.

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