The U.S. military is abandoning an airbase in Pakistan that was reportedly being used to wage a part of the drone campaign against Taliban and al Qaeda militants in the boarderlands between that country and Afghanistan. The move comes in the wake of a skirmish between Pakistani and NATO forces, which left 24 Pakistani soldiers dead.
Also over the weekend, the Iranian government announced that it had shot down a U.S. spy drone. Tehran claimed to have brought down a stealthy RQ-170, the type reportedly used in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Washington said today that there was no indication that the drone was brought down by hostile fire.