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What Drones? Philippines is Not Afghanistan

Via Rappler: "What Drones? Philippines is Not Afghanistan". SWJ friend and supporter COL Dave Maxwell (USA Ret.) responds to the New York Times.

The former US commander of the Joint-Special Operations Task Force-Philippines (JSOTF-P), Army Col David Maxwell, fired scathing words in response to a New York Times story accusing US forces under his command of using “a barrage of Hellfire missiles from a Predator” in 2006 to try to kill Indonesian terrorist Umar Patek in the Philippines.

“In all my time in the Philippines in between 2001 and 2007, there has never been a Predator or Reaper deployed, and there have been no Hellfire missiles, let alone ‘a barrage of Hellfire missiles,’” Maxwell told Rappler. “Whomever is making such allegations is either misinformed, misguided or misspeaking. He certainly does not know what he is talking about when it comes to operations in the Philippines.”