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01-02-2008, 08:55 AM
Military Use of Unmanned Aircraft Soars
By LOLITA C. BALDOR Tuesday, Jan 01, 2008 - 09:43:39 pm CST

WASHINGTON - The military's reliance on unmanned aircraft that can watch, hunt and sometimes kill insurgents has soared to more than 500,000 hours in the air, largely in Iraq, The Associated Press has learned. And new Defense Department figures obtained by The AP show that the Air Force more than doubled its monthly use of drones between January and October, forcing it to take pilots out of the air and shift them to remote flying duty to meet part of the demand.http://www.columbustelegram.com/articles/2008/01/02/ap/headlines/d8ttfodg0.txt