U.S. Combat Drones Fly South for the Afghan Winter (Der Postillon, Germany)
Killer drones can be beautiful – at least according to this ‘news’ item from Germany’s Der Postillon, which uses humor to target the use of these ever-more ubiquitous long-range weapons. One might even call it ‘a rare bird.’
Kabul: It is a natural spectacle of breathtaking beauty. Like every year at this time, the migration of U.S. combat drones has begun over the skies of Afghanistan and parts of Pakistan. Due to the harsh winter, the unmanned aircraft are no longer able to find enough cannon fodder, causing them to migrate south. In addition, the frigid temperatures could damage the weapons and targeting systems of these cute little killing machines.
The Afghans observe the spectacle with mixed feelings.
“I usually enjoy watching this actually – from a safe distance, of course,” says Khalid Bayat, an amateur ornithologist from Kunduz. “I’ve already photographed several General Atomics MQ-1 Predators, and the occasional MQ-1C Gray Eagle, as well as of a rare MQ-9A Reaper drone. It’s just the damned stealth drones, like the Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel, that you can never get in front of the lens. At this rate, I’ll never fill up my drone album!”
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