U.S. buys Yemen a fleet of spy planes

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U.S. drones will soon be joined in Yemeni skies by spy planes operated by Yemen's forces. Wired's Spencer Ackerman reported that 'the Pentagon wants to buy its Yemeni ally small, piloted spy planes.' According to Ackerman, 'It's a sign that the U.S. is upgrading the hardware it gives the Yemeni military, and digging in for a long shadow war.' The few dozen Light Observation Aircraft will be flown by Yemenis trained by U.S. forces. 'The planes have to be configured so the U.S. can teach Yemenis how to be their own eyes in the sky, and they need to be in Yemen in under 24 months,' reported Ackerman, noting that the aircraft will be used in Yemen alongside, not instead of, remotely operated U.S. drones to fly over areas where al-Qaida is believed to be operating. Ackerman added: The U.S.' shadow war in Yemen is showing other traces of entrenchment and durability...

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