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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The elimination of the leader of the Taliban has shown the effectiveness of drones

The American press is discussing the destruction of the leader of the Afghan Taliban. He was eliminated the drone on the direct orders of Barack Obama, and before that terrorist for a long time “conducted” scouts. “A classic example of the use of drones along with a good intelligence network,” – commented military experts.

The Americans told how he tracked and killed a Taliban leader in Afghanistan. The Wall Street Journal notes that the Mullah Akhtar Mansour was destroyed over the weekend in the border with Afghanistan, Pakistan, near the city of Quetta, which “is typically located outside the unmanned aerial vehicles of the United States”.

“So the destruction of the leader of the Taliban in these places, I have not cause surprise”

First worked intelligence. It was known that Mansour was visiting family in neighboring Iran. Since then, his “lead”. Intercepted communications and other intelligence made it possible to trace, as the object on Saturday crossed the border, got into a white Toyota Corolla and drove on the roads of the Pakistani province of Balochistan.

Operators of unmanned aerial vehicles, located on the other side of the Afghan-Pakistani border, began to wait for the right moment to strike. The terrorist was liquidated before he could reach the densely populated city of Quetta, where the attack would constitute a complexity”.

According to us media reports, the corresponding order was given to Barack Obama. Thus, he wanted to show that he would not tolerate the influence in Afghanistan of the Taliban, and that Pakistan should be ready for tough measures, Americans on its territory, and without prior notice, if necessary.

However, the interior Minister of Pakistan Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said that the drone attack in Pakistan may have negative consequences for relations with the United States, calling the incident contrary to international law and the UN Charter.

After the elimination of Mansur drone some time hovered over the area to make sure nobody’s left alive then went back to Afghanistan, to the place of deployment, notes the WSJ.

U.S. media quoted the Pentagon spokesman, Peter cook that the operation to destroy the Mullah Mansur was carefully planned. In the first phase were analyzed intelligence data on the second – the US military command in Afghanistan, preparing special forces and air force to invade the territory controlled by the Taliban and al-Qaeda. But later it turned out that the commandos did not even needed, as Mullah Mansur was killed in a pinpoint drone strikes, explained cook.

As told the newspaper LOOK Vice-President of the international Association of veterans of “alpha” Alexey Filatov, in the case of liquidation of the leader of the Taliban demonstrated “a classic example of the use of drones along with a good intelligence network”.

Filatov admitted that in many respects we are all judged on the work of American anti-terrorist and military units in Hollywood movies and TV shows. But their real job, apparently, is not very different from that recently showed on the screens.

An expert on unmanned aerial vehicles, the chief editor of the Internet portal UAV.ru Denis Fedutinov told the newspaper VIEW that the elimination of terrorists can be used not only drones. But they are used in recent times where we need to target.

“Similar examples are the elimination of a number of representatives of various terrorist movements have taken place earlier, said Fedutinov. – The US continues to build an extensive network of military bases that host and unmanned aerial vehicles”.

Commenting on the “personal order” and Obama show such an attack in a movie, for example, in the American version of the TV series “homeland”, where the protagonist – a military – sitting in a sealed bunker with the President of the United States, sees the picture on the screen with the Middle East, taken by cameras in real time, and discusses the start of the attack, Fedutinov said, “Yes, in part show us the picture of the fair. How high-ranking officials take up such decisions, to not take it. But the fact that the drone in Pakistan, you can control sitting at one of the bases on US territory – that’s for sure. And probably an “operator” of such an aircraft, as well as all, in the morning, come to work, then can go drink coffee and then go home to sleep,” he said.

According to Alexei Filatov, for the future drones. “They can do many things: to hang over any territory, to remove, and most importantly – to attack. And without risk of casualties. The only problem is this equipment is very expensive and technology-intensive”, he concluded.

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