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US, Mexico Launch Unmanned Drone Surveillance Flights

VOA News March 17, 2011

Mexico's government says unmanned U.S. drones have flown over its territory to gather intelligence on organized crime and that the operations respected Mexican national law.

Mexico's National Security Council Wednesday confirmed the flights after The New York Times reported that the Pentagon began sending the unarmed drones on high-altitude flights over Mexico last month.

Mexico said all U.S. overflights were carried out with authorization, oversight and supervision by the Mexican air force and other national agencies. The unmanned planes flew routes along the U.S.-Mexican border, pursuing intelligence sought by Mexican officials.



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