Drones in Iraq

To drone or not to drone in Iraq

As the Obama administration continues to refuse to send ground troops to Iraq to counter the ISIS insurgents, drone strikes are a likely possibility. The drone option carries pros and cons:

– low cost, low-risk
– can fly longer without stopping
– if one gets shot down, human life isn’t at risk
– drones instead of troops is closer to a politically-neutral position for the Iraqi government and its perceived collaboration with the U.S.
– drones can be deployed quickly

– ISIS has grown quickly and lack distinctive targets for drone warfare
– lack of on-the-ground intelligence to aid drone targeting
– may help relieve the symptoms of the conflict, but far from a cure

Read more: The Pros and Cons of U.S. Drone Strikes in Iraq – Defense One

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