Turkey Offers Bases for U.S. Surveillance Drones

Predators—which record video surveillance—are currently launched out of U.S. bases in Iraq, and the U.S. shares Predator surveillance data with Turkey.
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Turkey is seeking closer ties to the United States by offering to allow the U.S. to launch Predator drones into northern Iraq following the U.S. withdrawal from that country, according to published reports.

The United States is considering the offer from Turkey—which is a member of NATO, but which did not support the U.S. invasion of Iraq creating friction between the nations—according to a story in the Washington Post.

Predators—which record video surveillance—are currently launched out of U.S. bases in Iraq, and the U.S. shares Predator surveillance data with Turkey as part of a joint effort to combat the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, which the U.S. considers a terrorist group and whose fighters have launched cross-border attacks into Turkey from northern Iraq.

However, the planned withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq by the end of 2011 has defense officials seeking new Predator launch points, including Kuwait.

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