Sunday, November 13, 2011

US drones trigger controversy in Turkey

Source: Press TV

Turkey has confirmed receiving Predator drones from the United States, triggering controversy about how Ankara would monitor and restrict the operation of the surveillance aircraft, Press TV reports.

The four US Predator drones have reportedly been stationed in the Incirlik Air Base in the southern Turkish province of Adana, a Press TV correspondent reported on Sunday.

Two of the drones apparently arrived in Turkey on October 16, while the other two were delivered on October 23.

On Saturday, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that Turkey would supervise the operation of the drones and set their flight route.

Davutoglu said the drones would fly only when Turkey requests and the footage they capture would be sent to a joint US-Turkish unit.

The latest development comes as there have been doubts over the past days about Turkey's ability to monitor the activity of the US drones. Some commentators say the drones are not visible to the radar systems.

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